Jesus Is: Week 3 - My Reflection (Christ’s Power Day 4)

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, I surrender my will, my thoughts, my desires, my life and all I have on this day’s agenda…to you. I eagerly await your guiding hand to lead me where you want me to go.

 

Read: Ephesians 1:19-20, NIV

19 "and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”

 

Reflect:   

What does “power” look like? Power can be thought of as the electricity running from power plants to our home that gives us light and enables our food to be chilled or cooked. A jackhammer vibrating up and down to chisel through concrete can be power. As young boys, we would often equate power to arm wrestling or to lifting weights. The power of God is demonstrated over and over in the Bible. From the great flood that wiped out all living things, save what was on the ark, to the parting of the Red Sea for the children of Israel to walk across, to the fire that came down to consume the sacrifice on the alter prepared by Elijah. God’s power has been demonstrated over and over and is still being demonstrated today.

The power of God’s word is unmistakable. Jesus healed many people through the power of God. Jesus spoke and calmed the winds that threatened to capsize the boat he and his disciples were in. He made the lame to walk and the blind to see. But Jesus was very clear that when he left this earth, the Holy Spirit would come empowering us to continue in God’s power. John 14:12, (NIV) says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Jesus knew fulfillment of his ultimate mission would unlock greater power and greater demonstration of God’s glory, because it would multiply to all believers who would call on his name!

The greatest demonstration of God’s power was set in motion from the moment man fell from grace in the Garden of Eden. Man was separated by God because of his sin and that sin required punishment. In the old testament, sacrifices were made to atone for sins, but they only atoned for ones committed. When God sent his only son, Jesus, to come and be that sacrifice for our sins, it was for sins past, present and future: for all sin. After the blood of Christ was shed, his resurrection sealed victory over death! The power of the resurrection lives in us as believers today. That power seals our eternal home with him when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That power is available for all mankind to be saved. Think about God’s power in your life today.

 

Apply: 

As you consider and ponder how God’s power may be demonstrated in your life today as a believer, reflect on what people see in you today. Do people see a heart of compassion or self-sacrifice? Do they see hope and a promise of a better tomorrow? Do you share openly about things you have committed to prayer or you are believing for? Do you ask others how they are and what you can do to minister love to them? Do people see strength and great faith in your life? Many times, people will approach you and seek help from you when your reflection resembles that of Christ.  Reflect on what ‘reflection’ others see in you.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Jesus, as you live in my life, may my life be a reflection of your power and glory. May I demonstrate love, hope and faith to those you have called me to reach out to. May this world see you… in me.

Terry Schneider