POWER VERSUS SERVICE

Friday: 31st May, 2019

Luke 1:43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?

Mary would probably seem as one of the people who did not understand what it meant to ‘wield power’ in modern interpretation of the word. I have not really considered how much power Mary wielded after saying yes to God, but a brief thinking made me realise she carried a great amount of it. In fact, she could have held the whole of creation to ransom, and to push things even further, held even the creator to ransom.

You can just imagine her negotiating with God after saying yes: do this and that, or your son may never be born. What a problem that would have been for humanity bearing in mind that she was the one in whose womb the son of God lay. Therefore, if that status did not influence her attitude and heart of service towards others, then we have a lot to learn from her.

Elizabeth acknowledged Mary’s visit as an honour, one that she probably didn’t deserve. However, to Mary, this was nothing else but another opportunity to be a helping hand to a relative in her final trimester of pregnancy. We sometimes think that where we have reached and what we possess, put somethings beyond us- they become things below our status.

It is as though power and service are inversely proportional – as power increases, service decreases. So, today, we have an example to follow, a case of true service even amidst the possession of great power. Beloved, power has the potential to corrupt, but it shouldn’t influence the most important reason for which it is given: FOR SERVICE.

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