Power

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me.” [Matthew 28:18] 

“Come on, just get it done!” A line we love to use with our children or grandchildren, to get them finally to finish their homework or cleaning or dinner. Finish it, just do it. Thoughts we love to harbor about what other people should be doing. But do we bring the same conviction upon ourselves? 

Jesus said that all authority is his. And he proved it by rising from the dead. He did get it done! He did complete it. Jesus has all the power. And the crazy thing is that Jesus has promised to share. 

Jesus has given his disciples the Holy Spirit, the power to live out everything he’s asked us to do. Often, we are controlled by fear, worry, or laziness, and we give up or fail even to start living out the Christian life. What are your excuses for not living out your faith? Write them down, think about them. Take them to Jesus. Be bold enough to say, “Jesus, here are the reasons why I cannot do what you are asking me.” 

But then read Matthew 28:18-20, and remember Jesus can do anything. Our God can do anything! That means even turning your life around. Maybe he already has. Jesus promised to give us life-changing work- being loving and patient and gracious. Jesus appointed us to make disciples by demonstrating what it means to be a Christian day by day. And Jesus made a promise that he would be with us always.

So come on, just get it done! I believe in you. I know you can do it. Why? You have the power of Jesus on your side. And Jesus can do anything.

Prayer: Jesus, please show us Your power today. May we experience how easy it is for You to give Your love and strength to us, that we may do the things to which You’ve appointed us. In Your name we pray, Amen.

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