Our human nature often draws us to power. Other words to describe this status include forceful, important, influential, dominant, authority and the list goes on. In the popular culture of the USA, the idea of power drives politics, advertising and pro-sports just to name a few.
As a Christian, I would argue that God is the ultimate power. Yet, often I don't live this way. Has culture influenced me adversely? I think so. Too often I rely upon my own skills and abilities to get through my day. Too often I judge my own importance rather than the work of God in me. Too often I discount myself as a servant of God because I am not dominant or authoritative in some area of life. I am a stay at home parent with a bunch of kids, dogs and cats - not a position of power to say the least.
However, even when I am not aware of my own entrapment in the mire of this culture in which I live, God reminds me that it is not about me, it has never been about me. My life is the story of God and his work in and through me. Because that is truth, I can live in peace knowing I am important to God. And that's the key -- my worth does not lie in the values of the culture -- my worth lies in my value to God.
Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12 that "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." How good is it to serve a God that gives us his grace and has no expectation that we live up to the standards of our culture? It is very good!
Living in the sufficiency of HIS grace - Cynthia