Zero to Two Hundred

It’s called a Hennessy Venom GT Spyder.  Believe it or not this is a production car that does 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds and 0 to 200 in 15.3 seconds. It takes me that long just to get out of my chair.  This incredible acceleration is possible because it has 1244 horse power and only weighs 2473 pounds.  On top of all that it is beautifully designed. It can be yours for only 1.1 million dollars.  They made 6 this year.  I’m not sure about the gas mileage but if you can pay that much for a car who cares about the price of gas.

What would one do with all that power?  “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases . . .” Luke 9:1  Probably there isn’t a pastor in the world who has not dreamed of having that power.  It’s part of our nature.  Little guys put on capes and pretend to be Superman.  We want to do spectacular things. We want to help people.  There is so much need.

Perhaps the issue is trust.  There is an old axiom about power corrupting and absolute power absolutely corrupting. We would most likely start off being controlled and generous but soon we would start doing little things for ourselves and then bigger and bigger things. Then there is the issue of the adoration and affirmation one would receive.  I have been fascinated by the verses that tell us that often after doing something incredible Jesus would slip away to be alone.  We need power but too much power is dangerous – dangerous to others and mostly to ourselves.

Written by Roger Bothwell on January 31, 2013

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