Monday, March 5, 2018
Read 2 Timothy 1:6-8 (CEV)
6 So I ask you to make full use of the gift God gave you when I placed my hands on you. Use it well. 7 God’s Spirit doesn’t fill us with fear and cowardice. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. 8 Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news.
What is powering you? Is it a desire for success or money? Is it the bills? Is it a fear of failure? Is it living up to expectations?
What is powering CCG? This question may trigger different answers. Some may say dynamic programs, prayer, preaching, service or a myriad of other ideas. Each of these have a place.
But sometimes we plug into false or inferior sources of power. Like disposable batteries, they work for a time and then die. When we attach ourselves to inferior sources, worldly sources, we live in an illusion and stifle the power of God.
Paul tells young Timothy that God has gifted him with power and love. The power he speaks of is not intellect, athleticism, musical gifting or leadership capabilities. It is not a way with words or persuasive skills. So what is it?
Paul says it is the Spirit’s gift of love and power within him. Jesus said when I go, “I will send you the Spirit who comes from the Father” (John 15:26). Paul tells the Colossians, “the glorious riches of this mystery, is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27).
So our power, our sustaining and motivating power, the power to love, is anchored in the Spirit of God within us. The ALMIGHTY God, the One with all power and might, has taken up residence in our souls and in His Church. His power is accessible, now. It is a power he delights to give us because his desire is for his children and his bride, the church, to thrive and impact the world.
Father, let me live out Your power and love that is in me. You are more than enough. And Father, fill my church family with your power and love, that we might live as bold and kind witnesses to your love in this broken world. AMEN.