Do we need to struggle for prestige and power?

Who we are can't be measured in terms of fame or personal power; we find our true value as we realize God's love for us.

The question "Who shall be greatest?" has always tempted people and often led them astray. Dictators have caused great misery because of their desire to gain a place in history, and other rulers have spent their country's small supply of money on self-glorifying projects rather than on ones that would truly benefit the people.

Many have the urge to be "something" and go to great lengths, sacrificing much, in their efforts to achieve this goal. Others mourn what they believe to be the fact that, because of race, sex, the situation they were born into, or their personal makeup, they can never gain importance or power.

But when we turn to Christ Jesus for guidance on this matter, we find him saying, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do." And when someone called him "good Master" he said, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God."

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A practical, healing theology
February 22, 1993

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