“…He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man”
Ephesians 3:16 NKJV
How many of us could not wait to grow up only to find out that “adulting is a scam”, as some people will say? Similarly, many of us came into Christ with lots of excitement about finding rest only to find out that we were saved to work!
Only that this time, the gospel is not a scam, it does grant us rest from works but we do have to “work” to get others saved, and it can get overwhelming from time to time.
Yesterday, we were charged to impact our world in a big way. This sounds good but if we are honest with ourselves, it’s a lot of work! For instance, Moses was often frustrated and overwhelmed by the weight of his calling as the leader of the nation of Israel. Elijah even begged God to take his life when it seemed like his hopes for Israel’s salvation got crushed by Jezebel (1 Kings 19).
Yet there’s good news: God has got you. He will strengthen you. He did not call you to leave you hanging! For every man He called, He promised to be with them— Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), Moses (Exodus 3:11), Joshua (Joshua 1:5), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:9), and so on.
In the same way, when He called us, He promised to be us:
“… lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20 NKJV
And He is! What an assurance! The men of old did great exploits, thank God for them, but we will do greater (John 14:12)! And when we feel overwhelmed, He will strengthen us by His Spirit. We shall not be buried under the weight of our call. We will pray like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and approve the will of God over our lives and on the earth! (Mark 14)
Listen, whenever you feel overwhelmed by calling in Christ, pray! Receive strength in the place of prayer. Confess the word over your life. Remind yourself like Paul that His grace is sufficient for you regardless of circumstances. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10)! Don’t give up, God’s got you.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 21:20-28, Hebrews 2:10-18, Proverbs 20:1-5, Isaiah 9-10