By Roberto Ponce
Few things can move forward without power. I got up this morning, sipped my coffee, got my little girls ready and got to work in my car powered by an engine. Then I got to the office and checked my email on a computer powered by electricity. You get the point … but I am referring to power as the source that allows us to be able to carry on with life.
We all need to get our batteries recharged at one point or another. We need to stop for a moment and get reenergized, especially if others depend on us for anything. We have to take care of ourselves first so we can go on with the ministries or responsibilities God has entrusted us to do.
The power of health (take care of our bodies)
We have to take care of our bodies. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), and it is the personal means God gave us to live this life. We only have one body at the moment. We can’t trade it in and get a new one just yet. The new model comes out after the resurrection when God gives us a glorified body.
It is hard to be productive and effective if we are not well. Of course we need to pray for health. That’s God’s part. Yet what about our part? We all need to eat healthfully, rest and exercise regularly. Not an easy thing to do. I struggle too. But we need to make sure we do everything we can to be healthy so we can be effective and be around for those who need us the most.
The power of knowledge (renew our minds)
According to the Webster-Merriam dictionary, knowledge is defined, among other things, as “the fact or condition of having information or being learned.” Acquiring information is important to obtaining knowledge. The Bible tells us about the value of having knowledge and how it is intertwined with wisdom (Proverbs 2:10-11). It also instructs us to choose knowledge rather than gold (Proverbs 8:10). According to the Bible, knowledge becomes more valuable than material things. This is a nice reminder for this day and age.
As I drove to work one morning, I saw the latest model of a German car pass right next to my car. This was a nice looking machine, a pretty great car. Soon after, another car with the same color and model as the previous one passed right by me. The only difference was that the second car was at least 20 years old. This car looked outdated and unattractive. The lesson I learned that morning was that material things are very temporal. So yes, let’s go after knowledge rather than after gold.
But how do we go about acquiring the power of knowledge? I’ve heard many times that knowledge is a lifelong process. You never stop learning until you take your last breath. We cannot sit down, relax and say, “I know it all … I’ve learned it all.” We must equip ourselves in whatever trade, job or ministry God has called us to do. A pastor in Indiana once told me this bad economy provides an opportunity to retool oneself. Take advantage of educational programs and opportunities that may be available to you. As Christians, we are called to study and learn the Bible for every good work we are tasked to do. (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
We all know that God’s Word is an invaluable resource available to us for our everyday living. We have an uphill battle against a liberal society when it comes to morals and values, especially when raising our children. So knowing God’s Word is critical. Paul left us with a clear directive in Romans 12:2, about not conforming or agreeing to the pattern of this world, but renewing our minds every day in order to know God’s good and perfect will. What better way to renew our minds than through studying the Scriptures and through prayer
The power of the Spirit (empowers our souls)
God is a Spirit (Matthew 4:24) and we must worship Him in Spirit and truth. He has sent us His Holy Spirit to empower our lives on this earth. The basic definition of the word soul is “life.” We have to exercise our spiritual lives through prayer to connect with God through Jesus. There is something supernatural about connecting with God and receiving His peace and confidence. If we believe in a resurrected Christ, then it is easy to believe all He said in the Bible. He promised to send us His Spirit and He did (Acts: 2).
Receiving professional counseling can also be good. But what better counselor can one have than the Holy Spirit? Life is demanding at so many different levels. It is refreshing to know we can rely on the power of the Holy Spirit for strength, encouragement and guidance every day. We must depend on Him as the source of power—a renewable power that has been given to us to live life on this earth. We have been empowered by Jesus. Let’s go to work with confidence knowing God has already prepared the way.
Roberto Ponce is director of communications at Global University. For more information about Global University go to http://think.globaluniversity.edu