As Christians, we tend to naturally want to be humble, generous and essentially “good” people, which I’m all for. But I think if we’re serious about following Christ, we need to desire power too.
The world is full of those, who relentlessly seek power for selfish reasons, which harm others. As Christians, we have a responsibility to step it up and seek power for God’s reasons. He gave us free will, so He needs us to choose to do His work now that He’s in heaven.
What kind of power should we seek? The power to feed the hungry, heal the sick, create peace, call out corrupt leadership and perform miracles – why not? That’s what Jesus did, while He was here.
In John 14:12, Jesus said we can do greater things than Him: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” The question is: As modern Christians, do we really believe that?
I personally do believe we can do greater things than Jesus. I’ve experienced enough of His power and encountered enough of His people to realize He still performs miracles every day. Even so, I struggle with claiming God’s power for myself. Probably just due to conditioning, all my natural instincts are to be a quiet, humble and behind-the-scenes person. But God is undeniably calling me out into a more public life of writing and sharing my faith for His Glory.
I feel woefully inadequate and terrified to do what He’s asking of me. He’s been patient with me as I’ve cautiously tip toed into this new calling over the last few months. I take comfort in what St. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” I could easily write an entire post bragging about my weaknesses! It’s harder to continue trudging forward one yes at a time, trusting that God can work powerfully through them, in spite of how I feel.
As I’m challenging you by writing this, I’m challenging myself: How can we Glorify the Lord by manifesting His power in greater ways? For me, I know it’s by increasingly putting myself “out there” to create a stronger writing platform, which will hopefully increase the faith and social justice consciousness of others and give me more power to do Christ’s work in the world.
Is there an area of your life where you can step outside your comfort zone to do God’s work in the world? Is there an area you’d like more power to represent the Lord’s interests? Comment below, I’d love to hear all about it and will certainly pray for your endeavors.
Lord in our humanity, we truly are weak. Thank you for the extent to which we know your strength. Help us to trust You more. Fill us with Your courage and Power to bring more of Your light into the world in whatever way each of us is called. Thank you and Amen. In Jesus name we pray.