We use our electricity every day. It runs everything in our house, from the computer that I’m typing this on to the coffee pot that brewed the cup of coffee that I’m drinking. It is something that is around us all the time. We don’t often realize how much we use it until the power goes out. Have you ever walked into a room when the power was out and flipped the light switch? It doesn’t work. You need power. Have you ever tried to turn on an electric space heater to keep warm during a power outage? It doesn’t work. You need power. Have you ever tried to open the garage door when the power was out? That little button doesn’t work without power. Power has become essential to our everyday lives. Power often gets taken for granted.
I suppose it is okay to not dwell so much on our electricity and kind of put it out of our minds as long as it is working properly. But there is a power that needs to not be put out of our minds. There is a power that we shouldn’t take for granted. There is a power that should mean so much to us that we are thankful for it every day and we want to share it with everyone. That power is found in Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” This power can change lives. This power can save souls. This power, my friends, is even more essential than our electricity. We can use battery powered flashlight. We can layer on the clothes to stay warm. We can lift that garage door with our arms. But we cannot gain salvation without the power of God, the gospel of Christ. We cannot be saved by any other gospel. In Acts 4:12 Peter declares that “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.
The gospel of Christ is powerful. It is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and it shouldn’t be taken for granted. We need this power to be a part of our everyday lives. How else are we to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16)? We need Power!
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”Ephesians 3:20-21
By Kristina Odom
Kristina and her husband, Justin, serve with the church of Christ in Fairfield, IL where her husband is the preacher. Kristina is a stay-at-home mother to their three kids.