Working in the Power of His Strength
"I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me." Colossians 1:29
I must admit, it’s Monday, and I’m tired already. Life happens every single day, and we feel like we don’t have any merit if we aren’t tired or busy. How do we get past the hustle and bustle of life and still serve Christ with all our being?
The secret is, we don’t. We tend to do things in our own strength. Paul knew he had to rely on Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit if he was going to do anything worthwhile. And we can learn not only from Paul’s words but his motivations as well.
We learn two things from Paul’s words here. The first thing we see is that his motivations were Christ-based. Paul was striving to spread the Gospel no matter what situation he was in. A good portion of the New Testament was written in prison, yet Paul remained steadfast because his focus was on the bigger picture, making sure Christ was known and the Gospel was shared. What is our motivation this week? Are we dreading Monday, or are we looking for every opportunity we must share Christ and make Him known?
The second thing we learn is that Paul let the Holy Spirit work powerfully in him. Are we asking God to guide each conversation, each moment, each situation, each meeting, and each moment of the day? Are we truly letting God guide our days, or is He more of a reserve when our own power runs out?
Let’s make this week one that isn’t busy but motivated. Let’s bring our eternal perspective paired with Christ’s strength. Why don’t we give Him every meeting, every practice, every hour of our day today? Let us live with intentionality this week and watch God work. It’s a good day to have a good day.
Father, I thank You for the gift of another day. I give this day to You. I ask You to take hold of every meeting today, and give me wisdom. Give me words that glorify you in each conversation I have, and help me to rely on Your power and not my own strength and wisdom. Help me to exalt You today and every day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in Colossians 1: 24-29. What can we learn from Paul’s motivations? How can we learn from Paul’s example of surrender and eternal perspective?
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.