So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
– 1 Corinthians 1:23-25
When we decide to accept the gift of salvation from Jesus, we receive His power. The New Testament is full of references to this power we have access to: power through the Holy Spirit, power to do miracles, power to testify, power to heal, power to preach, power when we are weak, and more.
Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
This isn’t a superhero power. No capes. No lassos. If it feels like anything, it feels like the strength to stand firm in our faith. It feels like not crumbling when life gets tough. It feels like loving someone who doesn’t seem loveable. It feels like hope.
I often have wondered what the Church would look like if we accessed this power even just a little more often. What if we prayed confidently in this power? What might we see happen?
This power is for all who believe in Him. He’s not looking for the most pious, the perfect churchgoer, or even the prayer warrior. He’s looking for you. When we rise in the morning and clutch our cup of coffee, we can have the power of God. When we brush our teeth? It’s there too.
I bet you don’t feel like it though. I often don’t. I think it’s because we don’t ask. So today, let’s ask for this power. Let’s ask for the power to love and to testify and to heal as He wills. There is the power in our salvation, the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead!
Related Scripture: Acts 1:8, Acts 2:22, 1 Corinthians 1:18-27, Ephesians 3:18
- What do you need to ask for in God’s power?
- When have you ever felt the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?
- How can you ask God more often for this power?