Text: Matthew 18:1-5
For humbleness in heart
For wisdom in using power
For those who work in energy extraction
ONE OF THE GREAT challenges of our current age is that we have turned our attention outward and are now once again a people who go looking for dragons to slay. We go a’questing, challenging everything and everyone that we meet, convinced that danger and wrongness are out there, outside of ourselves.
More to the point, we are more and more seduced by power, because we believe that power is the necessary ingredient to ensure our own happiness. Power means being able to make others do what we want them to do; power is what allows us to turn others into objects—literally, if we have the power to end life. One way or another, we will bring down those we judge; end them, one way or another so that they cannot interfere with us and our pursuits.
Rarely do we consider that the dragon that we seek is lying happily within our own hearts.
This is part of why Jesus commends those who have little or no power. No one would look at a child and say, “that’s who I want to be—powerless.” Yet again and again Jesus says that if you want to find him, if you want to be near him, if you want to experience him then go to those that have nothing the world wants. Go to them, not to slay, but to share—and you might find the strength to confront the old worm that lies curled up within you.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks