Not yet a subscriber? Why not subscribe now - it's Free and it's Easy. Click here if already a subscriber.

Become a Christian Life in London subscriber and stay up to date with the latest Christian news, contests, events and information in London.
* Required Fields
This is a FREE subscription,
and you can unsubscribe at anytime.
Word Verification

Become a Christian Life in London subscriber and help spread the word, you will be entered in our monthly draws for great prizes, AND the more friends** you recommend, you will receive one additional entry per each one of those subscriptions.

Suggest Friends   

* Required Fields
This is a FREE subscription,
and you can unsubscribe at anytime.
** Friends
Your friends will not be subscribed automatically,
they will receive an email asking if they would like to subscribe.

“Who Really Has The Power?”
Three perspectives on Power & Influence

Pulled Out of the Rabbit Hole
Meet the Conspiracy Theorists Who are Turning to Christ
London Pregnancy & Family Support Centre is Doing Something Different And You’re Invited to Join In
Change Is Hard to Do!
Three Ways to Handle Change
BookMark - One Wrong Move (BOOK REVIEW)
Reel Review - Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (MOVIE REVIEW)
“Take Me For A Spin”
The Top 20 Christian Music Albums for Spring 2024
Why Does Servant Leadership Matter So Much?
Hospital Data Shows Longer, Costlier Stays for Patients Experiencing Homelessness
Reflections on Aurora Borealis and the Solar Eclipse

By Rev Dr Don Moore, Executive Director - Canadian Christian Business Federation

Photo by GR Stocks on Unsplash

CCBF Biblical Leadership Principle for the Month of January 2024

It has been said, “Power is America’s last dirty word . . . people who have it deny it and people who want it do not want to appear to hunger for it.”

The reality is that we all have power and influence whether it’s positional or personal power. So, the question really is what do you do with the power that you have now?

The Scriptures have much to say about power since it’s mentioned more than 300 times.  Let’s take a closer look at where our power comes from, the problems and the practice of using power. 

1. The Provision of Power

Humanly, power and influence may come from any several sources such as position, wealth, reputation, relationships, etc. Simplistically, we might categorize these as either positional or personal power sources.

However, we must remember that ultimately our source of power comes from God, our creator, as Paul writes in Colossians:

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or

authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Colossians 1:16

God’s power is clearly at work in and through us no matter what personal or positional power and influence we carry through life and work.  With God’s power on our side, He can and will do far more than we could ever dream since He’s ultimately in charge and holds all of the power.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more

than all we ask or imagine, according to his

power that is at work within us.

Ephesians 3:20


In what ways do you acknowledge that

All power comes from God, our Creator?

2. The Problem with Power

From a human perspective, power is quite complex.  It can be used for evil through fear, terror or tyranny. But on the other hand, it can be used for good to mobilize resources to get things done.

When it comes to evil use of power, we’re reminded of Paul’s words to the Ephesians when he said,

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

but against the rulers, against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark world and against

the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12

It’s important to realize that the evil use of power requires a spiritual battle.  Therefore, we need to be prepared by putting on the armour of God as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-18.

When it comes to good power and influence, throughout the entire Scriptures, the highest priority is placed on caring for the less fortunate. Yet, time and again, the problem was the seeming inability of God’s people to get it as David wrote in the Psalms for example:

“How long will you[a] defend the unjust

    and show partiality to the wicked?

Defend the weak and the fatherless;

uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalms 82:3-4


In what practical ways have you used your power and influence

to demonstrate your concern for those less fortunate?

3. The Practice of Power

As God’s people, our use of power will differ from that in the world around us. 

The contrast is that the world uses power to control and lord over others, whereas power for God’s people is the opposite in practice.

When Jesus’ disciples were vying for position in heaven, Jesus pointed out their self-serving use of power to get ahead was reflecting the world’s perspective and not His which he explained in Matthew:

 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it

over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.

Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and

whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not

come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:24-28

In practice, power and influence are meant to serve others for their good.  It is not all about us as leaders.  Used properly, power and influence builds mutual respect and trust in our leadership.

In summary, all power and influence come from our Creator who commands us to care for the less fortunate.  This is the problem!  Most leaders do not obey this command.  If we did in practice serve others, we’d find ourselves far more effective in our leadership.  Power and influence would be seen and used in their rightful place in the lives of all.

Don Moore
Executive Director Canadian Christian Business Federation

Don strongly believes that people are our nation’s most valuable asset. His Listen-Learn-Lead” approach to leadership has made him highly effective in executive roles in a variety of organizations with local, regional, national, and international reach.

An entrepreneurial thinker and strategist, Don built a grassroots movement of denominational and ministry leaders committed to evangelism with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and led a National Consultation in Ottawa.

Canadian Christian Business Federation
5792 Eighth Line East
Ariss, ON N0B 1B0