Depending on your perspective the word power has multiple meanings. Some meanings are positive and some are not. When we use this word in the context of the Kingdom of God, if we are not careful, we can get sideways in a hurry. If you look up the definition of power in the dictionary, one definition is, “the possession of control or command over others.”

If we take this perspective into the Kingdom of God we distort the nature and character of God. We make God out to be power-hungry, insecure and believe He uses His power to intimidate those He “loves.” However, I believe the Scripture depicts a different view of power concerning the nature of God. Let me be clear, without a doubt God is all-powerful. He can truly do whatever He wants without asking anyone’s permission. And yet, He demonstrates what power in His Kingdom looks like in a drastically different way than the world.

Consider 2 Peter 1:3 which states, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” In God, divine power is defined by what He can give, not what He can control. This is why one aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control. God’s power gives us the ability to control ourselves in-line with His character and nature. If God defines power as a source and supply of ability to distribute to others, then how does that affect the way we look at power in our relationships?

Do we live to control others and get from them what works in our best interest? Or do we joyfully give power to others to make decisions in life, while being a source of remembrance to their identity in Christ as the engine of desire in those decisions? I wonder if one reason the world fears powerful people is because the example set is one of control and dominance? I wonder if we, as Kingdom people, have the opportunity to demonstrate a place of power as one of generosity, humility, and others-centered love?

I encourage you to ask God, if there is someone you can practice generosity toward. See what practical ideas He brings to mind. Remember His grace is sufficient for you to practice without falling into the trap of performance. Give it a go and see what happens!