“So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” – 2 Corinthians 5:9-10.
Scripture teaches that we can have a true and personal knowledge of God, and yet never truly comprehend Him completely. Romans 11:33-34 says, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?” And Psalm 139:6 says, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! And Isaiah 55:8-9 says,“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
The reality is that we are dealing with God, whose intelligence, power, and complexity so far exceed our comprehension that we have no metaphor or superlative that can even remotely do Him justice. But His power is on display everywhere. Romans 1:20 reminds us of that fact: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” And that power can be focused on the church, just as it was in the early church.
In the book of Acts we find the early church is a small band of timid disciples huddled together in an upper room. This is the group that Jesus assigned the task of spreading the gospel throughout the world. So what is the plan? Are they working on a strategic plan or setting mission goals before they undertake the task Jesus gave them. No, they are “constantly united in prayer.” (Acts 1:14) the spread of Christianity depends on. They know they can’t rely on themselves. They need the power of God. God sends His spirit in power.
This small group started preaching the gospel in whatever language people spoke. The crowds are shocked. Peter stands up to preach about Christ. Peter, who just weeks before was afraid to admit he even knew Jesus, now stands under the power of God in front of thousands of people, proclaiming Jesus. More than three thousand people are saved. People are coming to Christ every hour. In Acts 3, Peter and John speak the name of Jesus, and a forty-year-old man crippled from birth stands up to walk for the first time. In Acts 4, they pray until the building where they are gathered begins to shake. In Acts 5, the apostles are performing “… many miraculous signs and wonders among the people.” (Acts 5:12)
They were focused on one thing, Jesus. They were loving, serving, and obeying Jesus. Different people with different personalities came together with one accord, one passion, one purpose, to make Jesus known through the power of God.
- How have you experienced the power of God?
- What can we do this week to tap into the power of God?