2 Timothy: 3-7
3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
I am taken aback by questions such as “Where has the power gone?” and “Why do we not see miracles today?” I have asked those questions before also; and I think it is a good question. It is similar to riding in a car and realizing you are losing much speed and asking”Why are we stopping?” It is easy to blame the car or the manufacturer. But if we didn’t put gas in the car it will eventually stop. The Kingdom of Heaven operates on the Word of God as He has spoken it. If we preach the gospel and live a godly life He will confirm His word in us. I have come to the conclusion the question at hand is “How does my life need to change in order to see His power in my life more and more”?
When Jesus was on the Earth we can read and see the religious leaders were harsh task-masters to those they lead. Jesus said of them, they place heavy yokes on others and do not do a thing to help them out. Jesus labeled them as hypocrites because what the religious leaders would see for others they would not see for themselves. The image of God which was displayed was as if the Father was also harsh and demanding. Jesus came to show us God is loving and kind and extends His grace to us. God does not change. He is still Loving and kind and gracious. But even Jesus came with the message, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
Today, as I ask where the power is, I realize the lack of power is because I haven’t put the gas in the car. I know it belongs there. I just assumed it was there; but it isn’t. The gas to the Gospel is this: “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” This gas needs to be put into my tank and then be transformed as it goes into my carburetor; my car, my problem. I gave my life to Jesus as I repented, whole-heartedly of my sins. I did think God was harsh and learned He was a friend. I came to a place where I haven’t taken my sins very seriously. My gospel car was losing speed and energy. The Holy Spirit revealed my sins to me and I have continued in repentance. I am moving again, slowly. I see some power of God moving in my life. But not what God has desired. I have been contemplating this issue in my life and the Church as a whole.
There are two things which I think require our attention. First, we need to quit looking for the power of God in signs and wonders. The scripture says to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” The adversary can display signs and wonders. If we are looking for them we can easily be deceived. We are also not focusing our hearts on a relationship with God. It would be like trying to build a relationship with an elder relative only to be written in the will in a more favorable advantage. Our focus should not be seeing God’s power, but being God’s friend.
This walks us right into the second point. I cannot grow in my relationship with God unless I am growing in understanding of Who He is and who I am. I came to Him in repentance. He is God, I am the transgressor. This was a good place to start. But in my walk with Him I am finding out He is so much more than I understood at first. This requires me to repent even more. I should find myself in a place as Isaiah said. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” But I have not.As a Church, we have not.
Our problem is our teaching. Jesus warned His disciples to beware of the “yeast” of the pharisees. We need to beware of the yeast of our teachers also. Jesus showed the love of God to the people. He also reprimanded those who needed to hear it. He was not a respecter of persons. In our day the Church is focused on the love and kindness and graciousness of God. But we are neglecting the righteousness, holiness and justice of God. Our continual walk should be on repentance from our sinful life and dead works. We should be crying out for holiness and seeking His righteousness. We should be encouraging people to live a sanctified life and not look for a monetary blessing if we give a smaller monetary blessing. Why do we seek money or land or fame when none of these things were our example in the early Church? The early Church showed us how to give God the glory, and give away our land and our money.
Where is the power of God? Where it always was. Where do we have our hearts? They need to move to repentance again, a daily walk of repentance. We serve a Holy God!!