Carmon’s Corner is the weekly article/blog written by our minister, Jeremy Carmon.
He publishes a new article every Thursday.
The Power of God in Us:
This past week I’ve thought quite a bit about how God can work in our lives. In my study, I came across Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In Ephesians 3:20 the Word of God says,
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”
Let that passage sink in a bit. God can do “Far more abundantly than all we ask or think”! In other words God can do things in my life I never thought were imaginable. I don’t have to envision it. I don’t have to necessarily ask for it. I don’t have to even understand how God’s going to work things out. God can do amazing things in our lives through His power in us. How do I know this? The second part of the verse tells us God can do these thing, “According to the power at work within us”. What does this mean? This mean that when we allow God to use us He can accomplish amazing things. When we allow the power of God to be shown in our lives the results can be far above anything we could have ever imagined!
Here’s where rubber meets the road:
Are we willing to allow God to work in our lives? God tells us in His Word if we are willing, He is able. If we are willing to allow Him to move and shape us, He will do amazing things in our lives. You see, the point of God doing this is not so we can glorify ourselves, but for others to see the power of God at work in our lives. It’s like John said in 1 John 4:12,
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
When we allow God to work in our lives, the world sees a difference. When we show the love of God, yet no one has ever seen God, the world sees the power of God at work in us. The world see the love and power of God through the lives of His people.
What’s the point? The point is actually quite simple. If we want to make a difference in the lives of non-Christians, we can’t accomplish this ourselves. Just as the power of God in our lives has transformed us, it can also transform the lives of the lost. And that is the gist of the matter. If we want to see a change in the world, the world must see a change in us. For us to show the change, we have to be a transformed people. That transformation only happens when we allow God to work in our lives.
Can God transform our lives, sure He can. The question for us as Christians is will we allow Him to do so? Will we allow Him to show us the “Abundant Life” Jesus spoke of in John 10:10?
The choice is in the hands of the individual Christian.
What will you decide?