Posted by: mikenicholsblog | April 6, 2015

the power available to us

It’s a new day, a new week and Easter is over, but the implications of the resurrection of Jesus Christ should always resonate in our hearts.  Before I transition to today’s article, I must say that I was personally blessed by the writing of our Journey partner, Mark Robb, over the last week. It takes lots of effort to write two articles in a week, and Mark just gave us articles for eight straight days! They were especially well written and very meaningful this year. Thanks Mark!

I am very much attuned to making right choices; I just don’t always make them. There are various excuses that I call upon to justify my actions (so do you).  It’s not always the obvious bad choices you might think of that plague me, but things like: being absent-minded, not listening in general, not listening to good counsel from my wife (and the list goes on).  A good example of one of those happened just a few weeks ago during one of my trips. I took a sports coat with me, and I stored it in an overhead compartment near my seat. My wife (knowing my history) reminded me not to walk off the plane without it. No problem!

I was actually very relaxed on the plane.  I did some reading, then headed out for three appointments.  At 11pm that evening, I had the “aha” moment.  Yep …. the one where I say, “Hey, where’s my sports jacket (that my wife bought me and reminded me earlier today not to forget)?!”  The next day I ventured to the Tampa airport and somehow they had left my coat at the gate.  After a few anxious moments and a walk through security, I was reunited with my blue sports coat. God is full of grace and my wife is full of patience, but why do I let things like that happen?  And why do followers of the resurrected Savior walk way below our spiritual capacity?

Over the last few days, I have been reading about Solomon’s wisdom and failures. Admittedly, he frustrates me. God gave Solomon great wisdom, yet he made some really bad choices.  As men and women of faith in the resurrected Savior, we often make choices that don’t reflect the power available to us in Christ. There’s a world around you and me that needs the certain hope which is ours in Christ.  Our choices, attitudes and responses to life’s struggles give great testimony to how we are allowing the resurrected Savior to lead us.

Colossians 1:11 in the Message speaks to my point…

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy. 

On the Monday after singing about the glorious Risen Savior how are you feeling about your journey? His strength has the power to move any Christ-follower from living below spiritual capacity to enjoying the journey.

The apostle Paul speaks of the resurrection power available through Christ in Ephesians 1:19-20. Look at what you and I have available to us….

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

If the power that raised Christ from the dead is available to all Christ-followers, what holds us back?

Let’s make this a no excuses Monday.  He is risen, and you and I can make a difference to a sin-cursed world. We must be intentional with our choices, attitudes and responses to reflect what the risen Savior has done for us. People are watching.  Sure there will be moments of failure, but we can aim to maximize our spiritual capacity and take hold of the power the Risen Savior makes available to us.  The wise choices we make for kingdom good will always outweigh the benefits of never forgetting a sports coat.

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