Jesus Is: Week 3 - Let Go of the Wheel (Christ’s Power Day 3)
Lord, as I strive to use every tool you have given me to live this Christian life, let me not forget that simply surrendering to you can bring your perfect peace and victory into my life.
Read: John 20:21, NIV
21 "Again Jesus said, ’Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you’.”
This week we are meditating on the “Powerful Jesus.” The connection of Christ’s power to today’s verse, talking about peace, is our dependency or reliance upon Jesus for everything we need. Jesus says, “Peace be with you!” in verses 19 and 21. Whenever things are repeated there is a point of emphasis to be taken. Jesus knew that the disciples were filled with anxiety and fear, then excitement when they saw him again. It would be easy to criticize the disciples. After having spent three years with Jesus, having had the best teaching in the history of preaching, witnessing many miracles, how could they be so lacking in faith? The parallel for us might be modeled after our earthly fathers’ examples.
I first drove a car when I was 10 years old. We lived in a rural, country area with many dirt roads. The road leading to our home was more of a one and half mile driveway, with almost no traffic. One day, my dad pulled over once he had turned onto it and put the car in park. He got out, walked around to the passenger side and told me to slide over and drive. I can only imagine what my facial expression must have been at that time. While anyone ‘outside’ the vehicle would have been filled with fear, I felt confident because my dad did. As I drove up the long road, I don’t recall having any anxiety at all. My father was with me, why should I be afraid? (Psalm 118:6, NIV “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?”)
We, like the disciples, have great hope and confidence when Jesus is with us. Ironically, this is exactly where Jesus wants us, growing in a deeper dependency in his power, peace and provision for our lives. Most of us are at one end of the spectrum or the other: either strong-willed, “I can do it myself” types or “I just don’t think I can make it” believers. I John 4:4, NIV, says, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Our hope “should” come from our reliance upon Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit within us! “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2a, NIV)
Athletes train for events by pushing their bodies to the limit, whether by running, lifting, jumping, hurdling or throwing. They dedicate time, energy and resources into getting stronger or improving in their sport. This focus can have such passion associated with it that they focus their minds on the sport whether they are on or off the playing field. This can translate into a significant time investment…but, it is worth it if they achieve their goal. Where is your time, energy and focus invested? Do you have a passion for building God’s kingdom and seeing Jesus have full power and authority in your life? To be ready for that moment of trial or testing, you must be fit. You must meditate on his word and devote yourself to prayer and seeking him. As Zechariah 4:6 says, “not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord Almighty.” Let his peace fill you and sustain you as you learn to rely more on him today.
Heavenly father, I take comfort and solace in knowing my trust in you will always be the best decision I can make in my life. “You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV).