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Dr. Mary Ruth Stone…

…who serves as the International Coordinator for Women’s Ministries in the Church of God, shares a devotion on the real power position to take as we prepare for the International General Assembly.

Given recent discussions in the blogosphere this seemed a particularly timely post.

Scripture
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10).

Devotion
Power Positions

In preparation for the upcoming General Assembly, the leaders and personnel of Church of God International Office flexed their corporate muscles in an attempt to exercise and demonstrate far-reaching power in an early morning meeting yesterday.

We prayed. We cried. We served one another the Lord’s Supper.
Teary-eyed and humbled, we appeared weak, but had never been stronger.

It is not unusual for church members in Cleveland and around the world to speculate about the results of the voting and the discussions of approaching assemblies. Those conversations are natural. Sometimes they are edifying, at others, extremely destructive, perhaps even sinful. Some folks pride themselves on being able to predict elections and appointments. They tend to be especially interested in the power positions at the very top.

Some people pray conscientiously for those who hold the power positions, and they should. Some people are especially critical of those who hold the power positions, and they shouldn’t.

Services such as the one held yesterday remind us that power positions are not predicated upon the number on your office door or whether you occupy the outer office, the inner office, or no office. The power positions of the church of the living God are those places where men and women of God serve in the knees-down, chin-up position. The power position is the prayer position.

There are concerns about the future of the church that stem from many sources and many disparate philosophies about what it should be. But the Head of the church has said, “Fear not.”

What would happen in San Antonio if those who are really concerned spent the 13 days that we have left before the business begins, flexing our corporate muscles? By that I mean, what would happen if we spent the next 13 days in a spirit of prayer? What would happen if we all assumed the real power position of the church—knees down, chin up, before the throne of God, beseeching Him for the performance of His will in all that will be said and done?

Before His throne there is equality, love, truth, wisdom, grace, joy, peace, sensitivity, and every other godly attribute that will be extremely important as the church conducts her business. Let us seek these graces fervently. Let us seek these graces and store them in our souls to carry with us to San Antonio. Let us all seek the power positions of the church—knees-down, chin-up, that is. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

It is only in His throne room that real power resides.

4 comments on “Dr. Mary Ruth Stone…

  1. Louis Morgan
    July 27, 2008

    Awesome devotion! Thanks so much for sharing this. Bro, I have become a big fan of your mom and dad.

    I love this:
    “Let us all seek the power positions of the church—knees-down, chin-up, that is. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

    It is only in His throne room that real power resides.”

  2. Elaine Wood
    September 18, 2011

    Wow, I can’t believe I found you. Many years ago you spoke at the North Georgia Ladies Retreat in Doraville, Georgia. I still pull out you cassette tapes (yes, cassette) and listen to them from time to time. The one about the birth order of children. The one where you talked about praying for your children. I was talking about you to someone the other day and mentioned that I have no idea where you are and decided to try to look you up and found you right away. You still bless my heart from sermons many years ago. I will never forget it. Sister in Christ, Elaine

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