All Power

Brad M. Griffin | Mar 26, 2010

Yesterday I shared some of Henri Nouwens reflections on powerlessness as Im reflecting on next weeks reenactment of the journey toward the cross. Nouwen reframes the chosen powerlessness of Jesus through the power of God. Jesus chose powerlessness to reflect the power of God, and in fact claimed it for himself and shared it generously with his followers (and by extension, us). All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore (Matthew 28:18).

Here are some of Nouwens further reflections on this power exchange:

Power is claimed, and power is given. In and through the powerless Jesus, God wants to empower us, give us the power that Jesus had, and send us outto build the kingdom of God.

A theology of weakness is a theology of divine empowering. It is not a theology for weaklings but a theology for men and women who claim for themselves the power of love that frees them from fear and enables them to put their light on the lampstands and do the work of the kingdom. ((Henri J.M. Nouwen, Finding My Way Home: Pathways to Life and the Spirit (New York: Crossroad, 2001), 42.))

This is the kind of power I want kids to experience as we live out this striking counter-narrative of the kingdom through our ministries and families.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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