The greatest desire in the human heart is of a great world – almost a perfect world. This is the ultimate dream in the heart of every human being.
The greatest desire and pursuit in life of all mankind is the power to achieve this dream.
The bottom line is there are two things we all want in life – not three, five, ten or even one. There are two things we ultimately want in life: Dreams/Vision and Power. Let me explain.
1. The fruition and fulfillment of our dreams or vision of our life. We all want to fulfill our heart’s desires – our dreams. You know - that dream that has been burning in your heart and mind for years? That thing that has you get up early in the morning.
You know the one thing that you can’t stop thinking about even when you go on a date with a friend, spouse or even a business lunch? Yeah – that dream. The one that makes you feel rather apprehensive when you’re applying for a new job knowing full well that the job will take away your time from pursuing your dream. Then again, you’re excited because for one, you get to pay your immediate bills, and two, you get to save some money which will help you in your dream pursuit.
Dreams are a reality in the human heart and they are attainable. A vision is rather bigger than a dream, which I explain explicitly in my book, and it is also attainable.
Not only is your dream a great desire of your heart, and one of those things you ultimately want in life, but there is one more desire in our hearts that we desperately want…
2. Power! Everyone wants power! This is not a bad thing. We were designed this way.
After making this statement countless times before I always get certain reactions from different types of people.
Some say that they don’t want power – they just want peace. Really? Peace is power! If you have peace, you have power! Power is not strength over somebody or something else. Power is the ability to stand firm in what you believe is true and right. Power is the ability to do, to speak, to command, to exercise, to enhance and to live freely.
Dictiontary.com puts it this way: Power is the “ability or capacity to do something”
We all want power, which is also the ability and capacity to control circumstances and destiny. That is one powerful thought!
Power in the western world has only one meaning – power. But in the Bible, power has two meanings in the Greek language which helps us understand and differentiate what it is we want out of this “power.”
First, one word for power in the Greek language is: “Dynamis” (pronounced "dunamis").
This is the word that we get the word dynamite in English. This is an explosive kind of power. This power changes things in a hurry. This is the kind of power that destroys, while at the same time it changes an item from one place to the other. It is the ability to make a change immediately. This power carries strength and stability.
Yet another word
However, there is another word in the Greek language for power called: “exousia.” Conversely, this word deals with authority. Authority is given, not by your status in life, your skillful wits, or your background. Authority is given to you by the one you represent who has given you the position to exercise such power.
As a manager, your company’s leadership gives you the authority to manage. To the political leader is the law; to the Believer is God’s Word. To the parent is God who ordained parenthood and to the child is the parent. Let me expound.
Power and Authority
An example of these two words in the western world is easily seen in a police officer. The police officer when wearing his badge carries an authority he does not have without it. The badge gives him a visual authority you can’t overcome – the power of the government in which he/she serves. The badge represents his authority.
This simply shows you how the police officer can’t have his own authority to book anybody without his badge. What books a person into incarceration is the law of the country the badge represents.
On the other hand, the officer has power, explosive power with his gun in holster. Conversely, if a person pulls out a gun on you, you have the freedom to run away. You have the freedom to defend yourself if you can. But when that person carries a badge and if he happens to pull a gun on you, he’s exercising both types of power – authority and forceful power.
We all want power
We all want power. But the greatest of these two powers is found in the one – exousia. I find that authority will take me where simple strength or intelligence won’t. Authority is what employees, children and those you oversee adhere to. I find many leaders that want to exercise power, but they only exercise dynamis power.
There are parents who have not learned the secret or the power of their authority and they sabotage it by their explosive power. In the end, all you have is an argument and yelling match with a child simply because what they needed was exercised authority – not explosive power. Explosions create chaos – no matter how you look at it. Authority can bread order – when used wisely.
So when correcting your kids; when dealing with your employees; when leading your small group, your ball team, or even a conversation – let authority take place, exercised by grace and consideration for the sake of the person you are dealing with.
Authority, when properly appropriated, it accomplishes great things. In fact, it takes you further to your dream and it won’t be long before you will accomplish both – your dream and your power, giving you the position of executing your dream mandate with great and gracious authority.
I wonder, have you noticed the difference in your life of both power and authority? Have you exercised your dynamis power when you should have exercised exousia power?
Are you living your dream and exercising it with authority? Or do you still want to get there? There is still much to be learned on this topic and I want to provide that to you as much as I can. Leave a comment below.
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