Enablement: Power through Christ
Although we do not like to admit it, we all stand before God as those powerless to live our lives. Most will choose to avoid the reality that inadequacy shapes our sojourn here on planet earth. But over the course of time powerlessness becomes unbearable.
The need for empowerment should encourage us to grasp the reality that humans were never created to live apart from a dependent relationship on God. Solomon, a man acquainted with the process of seeking satisfaction from all the wrong places, provides keen insight into the notion of building a home and a country while depending on self.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. (Ps. 127:1 ESV)
Solomon failed his family, nation, and God while yielding to the temptation to seek power independently of Him who alone has the right to wield it. Independence certainly occupies high status in a time where so few actually possess it, and not possessing control becomes the impetus for wanting it.
Identity: We are divinely enabled for personal empowerment.
Desperate Dependency reminds us that
The work of the cross enables us to inherit the riches of Christ if we accept His work on our behalf. “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3 NASB). His coffers overflow with abundant provision sufficient for every need as we are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. A divine treasure spills over with inexhaustible wealth awaiting acquisition, and as God’s children we are heirs to His vast treasure. . . . God is our Savior, sustainer, and benefactor.
God wills for us to be complete in Christ and dependent on His enabling provision to accomplish His good pleasure.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. (Col. 1:11–12 NLT)
Paul wants the Colossians to know that he prays regularly that God would impart his power to them, not for selfish aims but so that they can live for God in a worthy manner. . . . The purpose . . . of this God-given power is to provide the divine strength needed for the believer to attain Christian virtues, to persevere in the faith, to resist temptation and deceitful teachers, and so to know the joy of the Lord. (ESV Study Bible note regarding Colossians 1:11)
Divinely Enabled People
We are a divinely enabled people and as such we possess the Holy Spirit’s anointing. The distant past calls to us from Eden fostering a supernatural longing to return from whence we came as if to embrace what we formerly were. Volumes of classic literature depict selfish beings with power to circumvent the course of nature believing supremacy to be the attainment of the ultimate goal. But Solomon’s refrain reminds us,
“Absolutely futile!” laments the Teacher,
“All of these things are futile!” (Ecc. 12:8 NET)
Only in Christ do we find access to the forgotten land of rest to find respite from our futile striving. We may now live above the plane of the natural man, not as better but rather as more complete through the divine enabling His grace lavishes upon us.
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. (2 Cor. 3:5 NIV)
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. (2 Cor. 3:6 NLT)
Empowered People are Dependent People
Paul believed living with power to be merely the residual product of dependency upon Christ. Therefore his reason for asserting, “So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority” (Col. 2:10 NLT). Our Father provides divine enablement so that we may be personally empowered to accomplish His purposes. His overflowing wellspring penetrates our needy souls as we find complete satisfaction in Him.
- I respond to feeling powerless by . . .
- I seek God’s help when . . .
(excerpts from Marriages that Minister by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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