“That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10).
For Paul, knowing Christ drove his entire life and ministry. Sometimes that meant extreme suffering. If so, Paul felt a kinship with Christ’s own sufferings, so in that sense, he knew Christ better through suffering. But he also experienced something of the power of Christ’s resurrection. During Paul’s ministry, he witnessed mighty works and even miracles performed through God’s power. He raised Eutychus from the dead and performed other miracles (see Acts 14:10; 19:11-12; 20:10-12).
We, too, can experience Christ’s power as He strengthens us for service:
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
God’s power comes to us several ways:
1. Through the Holy Spirit within us.
Paul prayed for his Ephesian readers to discover this strength through the in-working of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-19). When we recall moments of sudden strength in the face of trial or temptation, we recall tasting something of the power of Christ.
2. Through answered prayer.
Jesus reminded us on many occasions about the need to pray without ceasing. In answer to prayer, God often unleashes the greatest displays of His power. He can change king’s hearts (Proverbs 21:1), part the sea (Exodus 14:15-31), and shake things up (Acts 4:31). God displays His power through answered prayers.
3. Through human weakness.
The Bible teaches a clear connection between divine power and human weakness:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When we confess our own weakness, we demonstrate our reliance on the power of God. God works mightily through people who seek His power.
One day God’s people will rise again just as Christ did. But God, in His mercy, grants us a foretaste of the resurrection even now. May we seek His power each day of our life.
Posted on Mon, April 24, 2017
by Diane Hultgren