The Power of God’s Blessing
God’s Blessing Comes to Our Identity, Not Our Reality
God promises His blessings will flow to us; however, many people are not experiencing the blessings because they're out of position to receive. It's like in sports; you have to be in position to receive the ball in order to make a play successful.
Genesis 1:27-28 (NKJV) – “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Many Christians want to experience the blessing of God. However, if our life is not positioned for blessing, we won’t encounter it. It’s like a speed junkie who drives a 1970s avocado green station wagon and doesn’t understand why he’s never experienced the thrill of racing at high speed. If we want the thrill of racing, we must trade in the family station wagon for a sports car. It’s the same with God; if we want to live in His blessing, we may need to reposition our life in a place where the blessing can flow. There are only two of us in our walk with God: Him and me. God is perfect and He’s not prepared to compromise His perfection; therefore, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. If anyone is going to have to make changes in this relationship, it’s going to be us.
Identity is key.
When we talk about repositioning our life, it all comes down to something called identity. Too many people don’t know who they are. They try to discover themselves at the gym, at the office or in social circles. Not knowing who we are creates problems for us. When we don’t know who we are during a challenge, we’re unsure about what choices are right. College students don’t know who they are, so they’re lost when it comes to deciding on classes and a career. When we don’t know who we are, choices are a challenge and our future becomes a gamble.
Perhaps the most important answer that we need is one that can only be discovered in relationship with God. It has to do with one thing: who am I? When we know who we are, we find ourselves established on a solid foundation or identity. Living from this place allows us to recognize purpose and to step into our future boldly expecting that God’s blessing will be there to meet us. For example: I have a blender at home. Being a blender is its identity which allows it to recognize its purpose: the creation of smoothies. Living from purpose places a demand on an external power source called electricity that provides the necessary empowering to fulfill purpose. When I discover who I am in Christ, I will see circumstances and situations through this lens which will illuminate my purpose. As I act on this purpose, I can move forward in confident expectation that God’s power, His blessing, will be there to introduce change. It’s called the life of faith. God’s blessing comes to our identity, not our reality.
Only as I discover and live from who I am in Christ will my life be positioned for blessing.
We live in a time where it is fashionable to defer to self in defining our identity. We want to select our gender and reinvent marriage, and then we go to God to bless it. We make life choices from a place of need, from our flesh, or from our insecurities, and then we ask God to bless them. But God’s blessing doesn’t come to my purpose, it comes to His. The reason so many people are disillusioned with God is that they’re looking for Him to bless what they believe is their purpose, not His purpose. Until I submit to the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life and allow Him to introduce me to my true identity, I’ll spend my life in a station wagon dreaming of speed and never realizing it. Until I reposition my life and get it established in His design, God’s blessing will remain elusive.
Too many born again believers live their Christian life without the influence of God. Without His power touching us, our identity will never be conformed to the image of Christ. Jesus died to introduce a new dispensation. He came to take a God who was distant and inaccessible and introduce us to a Father whose nature was love and who desired to be intimately involved in every area of our life. This suggestion angered religious people who found the idea blasphemous; they even killed Jesus for it. Religion holds the same contempt for this idea today. You can revere God, respect Him and work for Him, just don’t relate to Him as Father or become familiar with Him. And yet, without intimacy of relationship with God we never discover or walk in who He created us to be. God’s design was always for mankind to find completion through connection; for us to discover our identity through connection with Him.
Our identity is made up of our beliefs.
What do you believe about life, God, people, your future, the challenges confronting you? At a practical level, God wants to affect each of our beliefs so that they take on His nature. As our beliefs change, so we feel, think and act from a new place. It is a place that is conformed to Christ’s image; and because of this, we can live in confident expectation that these truths will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring about change in our world. For example: Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will man give unto you. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Only when I discover what it is to live from the identity of a giver can I make a demand against the promise that it will be “given to me: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will man give unto me.”
Genesis says that man was “created in God’s image.” God made mankind from the dust. He placed within him a center that would inform his emotions, drive his decision making and fuel his thoughts. It was a sacred place that he was to protect because from it would flow the course of his life. Finally, God breathed His breath into Adam, and he became a living being – the Spirit of God gave him life. Genesis tells us that Adam walked with God in the cool of the evening. Identity is only discovered in relationship with God. As God spoke with Adam, so faith was born in him because as Romans 10:17 says, ”Faith comes by hearing.” Faith is built on beliefs, and these define our foundation or identity. When who we are is constructed from that which is of God, His being motivates all aspects of our being. Adam had the Spirit of God in him, but it was only through intimacy with God that this informed his identity; Adam’s mind was being introduced to who he was as an image bearer of God. 2 Peter 1:3 says that “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” A synonym for “His divine power” is blessing. Revelation knowledge of God, not mere facts about Him, is what connects us to the blessing of all things that pertain to life and godliness. When it speaks about godliness, it’s speaking about godlikeness. It is His divine power that is going to introduce us to godlikeness, and all things that pertain to life. The experience of our Christian life, and the quality of every area of that life (spiritually, emotionally, physically…) is directly related to the intimate knowledge that we have of who God is.
Living from this new identity allowed Adam to experience God’s blessing as he was fruitful, multiplied, filled the earth and subdued it, and took dominion. This is why it’s important for all of us to spend time with God in the garden. It is only when we are intimate with God that His influence transforms our beliefs. Intimacy propagates influence. When we understand this truth, we realize why God is not as interested in what we know as He is in who we are. Knowledge will live in our head, but revelation will make us new. It will change our beliefs, reposition our identity and introduce us to a life of blessing.
The Roadmap to Blessing
Everything created was described by God as being “very good.” God’s endorsement was a precursor to His blessing. When things conform to God’s original design, blessing flows.
Genesis 1:27-28 (NKJV) – "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Man was built around God’s Spirit as his center, his focal point. God housed His Spirit in a temple made of dust. He gave Adam a soul with the intention that it be used as a tool to access, comprehend, and introduce that which was spiritual into his natural world. Adam’s mind allowed him to grasp spiritual things, and these would define his identity and potential as a being created in God’s image; his godlikeness. His emotions tapped into and gave expression to the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness. It was man’s will that enabled him to utilize his delegated spiritual authority to walk into his purpose as a dominion figure; to reign and rule over the domain called his life.
The result was that “God blessed them…” Blessing is God providing the power to something or somebody to do that which they are designed to do. We are designed to reach our potential only when we are in union with God – His blessing makes our lives more expansive and we get to realize the potential of each aspect.
Adam’s ability to walk into the expansiveness and potential of his godlikeness would only be accomplished in partnership with God. It was Adam’s unity with God, with that which is spirit, that revealed his design and empowered his purpose. When Adam elected to go his own way, it was a decision to separate from spirit and strive to accomplish a sense of godliness from his flesh. His independence from God separated him from spirit and resulted in his stepping out of blessing. It was sin. Sin, as defined in the Greek, is to miss the mark. Any time we operated independently of God, we separate ourselves from spirit, and we miss the mark. When we miss the mark, we step outside of God’s blessing.
Jesus came to create an opportunity for man to return to his original and blessed position in union with God.
He’s going to give us the direction we need to get there; it’s called obedience. Obedience will reposition our life; it is our roadmap back to a place of blessing. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and gone astray.” If you’ve missed the mark in any area, obedience will take you from where you find yourself to where you should be. It will get you back to God’s original design where you’ll discover and experience His blessing. If we want to relocate back to blessing, the two key components are listening and doing. Luke 11:28 says “…blessed are those hear the word of God and obey it.”
Obedience does not cause God to act; it repositions us to receive what God has already provided by grace. Obedience is always going to lead us from dust to breath; from flesh back to spirit. When God blessed man, I believe that He blessed Adam in three ways: in his person, in his endeavors, and in his world. Because Adam’s life was established in God’s design, he experienced what it was when “God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion.”
The fruit of Adam’s life flowed directly from his connection to Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Adam lived under God’s blessing to his person because he was positioned in unity with God’s Spirit. When we miss the mark, we separate ourselves from Spirit and live independently of God’s influence, in accordance to the flesh. Galatians 5:17 tells us, “The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” Galatians 5:19-21 outlines the fruit of the flesh – what we live from when separated from His Spirit. When we handle our relationships from hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, or dissensions. We miss the mark and position ourselves outside of blessing. The only way we move back under blessing is by getting back to the mark where blessing lives. This is why 1 Samuel 15:22 says that obedience is better than sacrifice. Obedience will reposition us under blessing while sacrifice is little more than an attempt at restitution with God. The Holy Spirit will always lead us according to Joshua 1:8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Multiplication as a blessing speaks to growth and increase.
Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” When we’re obedient to God’s direction we’ll position our actions in His design and the result is that “whatever he does shall prosper.” Living life from the position of a giver introduces us to blessing, that it will be given back to us in “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” It’s a blessing reserved for people who are givers – and they get to make a claim against this blessing.
Filling the earth and subduing it is taking possession and control of one’s God-given territory – the domain called our life. Authority introduces us to the blessing of being a dominion figure. However, authority doesn’t come from us; authority is only realized in union with God’s Spirit. When we live independently of His Spirit we are not united to the source of authority, and, therefore, we lose our claim to live in the blessing of dominion.
Obedience follows trust.
When we explore obedience a little deeper, we discover that it follows trust. If we love someone, we will trust them and heed what they say. That’s what Jesus is saying in John 14:24, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” Understanding this, we realize that God's blessing is more than a vehicle of provision, it is a relational agreement. The Greek word for blessing is “makarios,” and it means the state of one who has become a partaker of God; to experience the fullness of the indwelling Spirit. When we partake of God, or of His indwelling Spirit, we become larger. John 15:7-8 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
“If you abide in Me” is a call to walk in discovery with God in the garden. Adam’s mind was built from discovering his godlikeness. God used time with Adam to introduce him to those characteristics that defined his godlikeness. As he lived from the Spirit within him, he discovered attributes like patience, kindness, and joy. Adam took these revelations, explored them, and then began to discover what it was like to live from these fresh revelations. Time spent with God was where he learned to “abide in Me.” It’s similar to a naturalized citizen who carries a U.S. passport but has never become an American. Legal papers will make one a U.S. citizen, but time spent immersed in the culture makes one an American. Immersion into society will affect one’s speech. Immersion into culture will develop one’s sense of humor. Immersion into capitalism will birth innovation, entrepreneurship, and risk to chase a dream. In the same way, being immersed in the things of God will change us from the inside out.
Our minds are renewed through revelation because we’ve had to deal with something that Adam never had: history.
“My words abide in you” speaks to constitution. There are certain rights that are available to us, not as a result of anything we’ve done, but they are benefits of association. Each of God’s blessings is a promise that carries within itself the irrevocable power for its fulfillment. In Genesis 1, eight times we read, "and God said...", followed by, "and it was so." Everything God said happened by the power of His words. God spoke and incredible things resulted. When we talk about a command that God issues, including blessing, things go to a whole new level of assurance. If we want to walk in blessing, let’s follow the exhortation of Luke 11:28, “…blessed are those hear the word of God and obey it.”
An Action Plan, By Design
Our future, prosperity, and hope are all wrapped up in the plan that God has for us. When we discover the plan, we’ll discover our purpose. The plan not only details His intentions, but it serves as a filter through which we can process life. Knowing our purpose makes decision-making easier and injects definition into our daily affairs.
James 2:18-26 (NKJV): “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble. But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV): “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
It’s because of the plan that our relationship with Jesus is not a religion but a lifestyle.
His plan is a framework that informs both our being and doing. We are not yet the person that He called us to be, the person who is equipped to walk into the fulness of His plan. So He’s going to work with us to mature us into His image and get us to a place where who we are is able to fulfill His plan. He’s also going to introduce us to a new way of living that is in partnership with Him. Here we’ll discover His ability and empowering which are necessary for fulfilling the plan.
It is our responsibility to get the plan. Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) says, “A man's heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps.” We need to plan in our heart before we can look for direction. It’s important that we know where we are going before He is able to assist us in getting there.
The plan of our life is going to be written on our heart – this is the space that God has designed to house the plan for our life; it’s the reason He implores us to protect it so diligently. His intention was to be both “the author and the finisher” of our plan. The question is, who is authoring your destiny?
Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” God’s plan is revealed as expressions of His love and is established in our heart. The plan for our life is birthed from His love for us, and, because of this, each aspect of our plan is saturated with love. Being the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath, having all that we put our hand to prosper, living in health and prosperity – are all components to our plan, evidenced by His love for us.
As they are established in our hearts and we walk them out in our life, each time we encounter blessing, we experience a touch point where His love for us manifests. This is how we live in His love. He calls us to take the seeds of His love and plant them in our heart because from these will develop His plan. Our calling is one of sowing the seeds of love: Mark 4 says, “So is the Kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground…” Our hearts were created by God to bring forth fruit when His Word is planted in it. Our heart was built for His plan and to show forth the fruit of His plan in our life. God is looking to partner with us to get the plan established in our heart, and He’s going to use His Word and the Holy Spirit to give it form.
Our heart is a sacred place reserved for His influence.
The space in our heart where God’s plan is established is called the Kingdom of God. It is a sacred place reserved for His influence; and it is here where Christ reigns and rules. Praying “Thy Kingdom come” is praying for the expansion and influence of God’s plan in our heart, and ultimately, its establishment in our life. To the degree that we understand God’s plan and apply our lives to it, we experience heaven on earth – God’s plan manifest in our reality.
However, unless we act on the plan, it remains fruitless and dies, because “faith without works is dead.” Faith is God’s plan established in our heart; but what we do with it is going to determine an outcome. Mark 9:23 (NKJV) says, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” God uses our beliefs to write His plan on our hearts. They unmask destiny, define purpose and open possibilities. Beliefs are like puzzle pieces; put them together and the plan starts to take on definition. Within each belief is a promise that only manifests when we act on it. If our beliefs are not the springboard to voyage into new possibilities and potential, our heart becomes the cemetery where beliefs go to die -- “faith without works is dead.” We erect tombstones with epitaphs as reminders of potential that once excited us. “Here lies a new creation, rooted in Christ and being built up in Him.” I believed that I was made new and that Christ’s nature was to define my character, but I never did anything with it – I never acted on the plan. The result is that the possibilities of this belief were never realized, and I still live, act, and behave as I always did.
Talk is talk, but action delivers an outcome.
In place of action, we like to talk. But talking doesn’t lead to change. I talk to my psychologist, friends and anyone who will listen about what I think and believe, and how I think things should be and what my problems are… But I never do anything. “You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." The only way we showcase our faith without works is by talking about what we believe. I spend my time engaged in attention and not action. Attention is planning and learning. It may be cathartic, allow us to vent and perhaps even introduce new ideas and possibilities; but it doesn’t produce a result. Action, on the other hand, delivers an outcome. Attention lets us to feel like we’re making progress without running the risk of failure. Fear of failure makes us avoid situations where that may happen, so we live in attention rather than action. It’s easy to give attention and convince ourselves that we’re making progress because we feel like we are getting things done. We mistake activity for achievement. Are you doing something, or just preparing to do it? When preparation becomes a form of procrastination, something needs to change; to shift from attention to action. Attention will never produce a result. Action will.
Action is how God’s plan invades our reality. Action takes that which is spiritual and injects it into the natural realm; it takes God’s plan and launches it into my circumstances. Action will modify and reshape our life.
Action is like spiritual pregnancy; only when the seed meets the egg is life created. Only when we act on God’s plan is it launched into our reality where spiritual life brings about influence. New life is the result of action; without acting we remain barren. God honors and empowers our action, not our attention. We are called to speak to the mountain. Matthew 17:20 (NKJV) says, “…if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” – our plan (faith) must drive our actions (say) if we want to get results.
To act is to obey. Obedience to God’s plan introduces us to righteous living – the life that originates in God’s plan and is covered by His blessing. "Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith (God’s plan) was working together with his works (actions), and by works (actions), faith (God’s plan) was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God." (James 2:21-23)
A Clash of Kingdom and Reality
My relationship with Father God is to be both my foundation and salvation. “Build your house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24) is to keep me established. This is not to say that storms won’t come; but when they arrive, I have what it takes to weather them. It’s in the midst of the storm that we discover Christ as Savior. “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) presents us with the invitation to experience God’s power of influence both in myself and in my situation.
Romans 8:31-39 (NAS) -- “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Our realities are defined by our interactions with the world and other people.
Abusive relationships, addictions, prejudice and discrimination, criticisms that are born out of differences, are a small number of influences that define our reality. It’s when we are thrust into a situation that amplifies our reality that we experience a crisis of convergence. This is when the essential contributors to my life seem to collide, and I grapple to process the place in which I find myself. It’s about a present that is made alive because of the hurts of the past; a reality that has taken shape and been given form from my experiences; and it’s dealing with the voices of my humanity in among the invitations of my spirituality. It’s in this space that I need to make sense of where I am and formulate a way forward.
People’s hurts and pains are looking for relief, but all too often we isolate behind the reality that others just don’t understand. They’re looking for someone who can empathize with us. It’s not only about understanding my predicament but being able to feel the pain. The only one who can do this Christ. He is the one who “sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24); He is the One who “never leaves me nor forsakes me” (Deut. 31:6). It is Christ who has not only lived our reality with us but has experienced it as well. When He meets us in our pain, He comes as truth wrapped in empathy. He is the One who can relate, and, as “the way, the truth and the life,” He brings with Him freedom. Freedom from my hurt and pain as well as freedom from a reality that has defined me. God will always show up as “the God who is more than enough” (2 Corinthians 9:8). He is the answer; the One who will give us “beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:3).
God speaks to our identity.
When Father God speaks to us in our reality, He is going to introduce the truth that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” He wants us to understand that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37). He is speaking to the way He sees us; He’s speaking to our identity. He wants us to know that we were born to be victorious, but life, our reality, our experiences, and our perspectives are conspiring to steal that from us. This is where we conform to the image of Christ and live from who we are in Him. God wants us to see ourselves as He sees us and for us to get comfortable in that identity. This is the place where we realize that God is for us and this is where I experience the victory He offers. This is why as born-again believers, before we are Americans, men or women, black or white, or products of our culture, we are Kingdom citizens. We’re here to discover and live from our identity as a new creation in Christ. As a new creation, this is to have a practical influence on my perspective and the way in which I handle life. Living from this identity will redefine my reality and reshape my future. God never intends to leave us where we are; He has a plan. However, if I lose sight of my identity, I become blind to my influence.
Jesus never came to fix a world system that was broken; He came to introduce the Kingdom. The world is defined by a sin nature, and Jesus never came to make improvements to this nature; He came to introduce the Kingdom of life and love. Christ is our only hope of salvation because only He can take that which is broken, sinful, dark and divisive and introduce it to the Kingdom. When He claimed to be “the way, the truth and the life,” He positioned Himself as the doorway between two natures. The offer He extends is one of transformation, not correction. He takes that which was blind and makes it see; a sinner and transforms them into a person saved by grace; that which is dark and makes it righteous. Understanding this shows us that the root of the racism problem is not people’s behavior; it’s people’s hearts. Mark 7:21-23 (Passion) says, “Evil originates from inside a person. Coming out of a human heart are evil schemes, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, treachery, debauchery, jealousy, slander, arrogance, and recklessness. All these corrupt things emerge from within and constantly pollute a person.” Until a person’s heart is made new, it will produce the fruit of a sinful nature. Ephesians 6:12 says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood…” but against that which is spiritual. There is both a liberation and an empowering that goes with the truth that “we are in the world, but we are not of the world.” The answers society is looking for are not going to be discovered in the world; they’re in the Kingdom. We’re not going to fix a broken world system; our hope is to introduce the Kingdom.
It’s only the power of the Holy Spirit that will result in meaningful change.
Any time we choose solutions that are worldly as opposed to Kingdom in nature, we are going down the same road as Adam. He chose to separate himself from God and live from “the knowledge of good and evil,” or the natural, to realize his aspirations. The outcome was disastrous. When Adam took matters into his own hands, things fell apart. Every time people turn to the natural as their answer or salvation, they set themselves up for disappointment and disillusionment. It’s only the power of the Holy Spirit that will result in meaningful change. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord” – we are called to release Kingdom influence through the Holy Spirit. “The children of God are led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14). As we allow our lives to be directed by the Holy Spirit, and as we seed our world with truth, so we plant potential in the lives of people around us. It’s these seeds that the Spirit will use as active ingredients in the process of transformation. The power of the Holy Spirit on the truth of the sown Word is what results in meaningful change.
We may feel frustrated that our personal influence seems limited in scope. However, vision is enlarged when we recognize the potential of activating the Body of Christ – the sleeping giant. When the Body realizes its mandate to bring heaven to earth and begins to act on this, people and the world we live in will change. When the Church takes its rightful place, society will shift. Shortly after Jesus’ death, 120 people gathered in an upper room where they were filled with the Holy Spirit. The people at Pentecost shook the world with the Gospel. They were ridiculed, persecuted, opposed, and assaulted, but after 30 years their influence was so noticeable that when Paul and Silas entered Thessalonica, people said, “Those who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” (Acts 17:6) We are called to turn the world upside-down.
Concealed in crisis is opportunity; a light shines brightest when the world is darkest. The world speaks of problems, but the Church is called to speak the solution of Jesus Christ and to elevate His Kingdom. The opportunity for each of us to do our part in introducing the Kingdom has never been riper.