The dictionary tells us that power is the ability to act. And we, as Americans, love power. We love to be in control. We like to call the shots. But all too often we want power just to make ourselves look good or feel significant. In our achievement-based, results-oriented culture, we want the ability to make things happen so that others will think well of us.
We even bring that mindset into the kingdom of God, baptizing it with Christian lingo. “I want to be powerful for God. I want to do great things for God. I want to be a channel for God’s power.” The miracle feeding of the five thousand is indeed about being a channel of God’s power, but once again, it’s not what anybody would have expected. One of the great truths we learn in this story is that Jesus’ power is for those who fulfill his purpose.
His question to us today is, “Where can I find one person willing to join me in what I’m doing in this hungry world? To whom can I give my power so they’ll use if for my will?” Might you be that person?