26th March 2015
Key thought this week: "Do we want to know the power of His resurrection?"
Do we want to know intimately, and experience in our inner most being, the power of God that raised Jesus from the grave? This is the power that Paul says he wants to know in Philippians 3:10...
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”
Paul had experienced the power of God being revealed in him to an overwhelming measure, and yet he was not satisfied with this measure. He desired to know it more and more. Why?
Paul knew that it was the power of God being released into his inner most being through the Holy Spirit that empowered and enabled the internal transformation of his very being. He knew full well that it was this power that arrested him when Ananias laid his hands on him and God filled him with the Holy Spirit.
He knew that the more power that was released in him - the more he would be the embodiment of God’s wisdom on the earth. He also knew that the more power that was released in him, the more equipped, empowered and mobilised he would be to accomplish God's will.
This brings to light the promise of Jesus from Luke 24:49...
And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49 (NASB)
This promise was to Jesus' disciples, and it is also our promise as His disciples today. I guess the question is: are we a disciple of Christ or someone who just goes along with Christ?
The promise was made to men and women who were not getting it perfectly but who were committed "wholeheartedly" to following Jesus Christ, and doing His will and not their own.
Questions to ponder...
- Are we wholeheartedly committed to following Christ and doing His will?
- Do we want to intimately experience this all encompassing power in our inner most being?
- What has the Holy Spirit said to you through these thoughts?
Please feel free to respond with any thoughts that you have on this passage and the questions in the comments section below.
Have a favoured week,