Fathers’ Day came and went. Around that time we discussed the importance to ask our dad. We can have power because when we ask Him for things in the name of Jesus (which means that it will help complete the will of God and not our selfish ambitions) it will be given. These messages were brought back to mind last week after a huge storm came ripping through the neighborhood. We were without power for several hours that afternoon. Wow, did the neighborhood change! I hadn’t seen so many people sitting on their porches talking and conversing since my last out of country experience to Africa. Like any third world country in which I’ve spent time, people are just hanging outside talking and laughing and waving at those passing by. For those seemingly long 4 hours, with everyone home from work and out of school for the summer, the neighborhood was a different place. It was a community.
John 1:12 mentions that we are children of God. That word in the original Greek indicates that we are fully dependent on His power and without Him we are orphans trying to conquer giants with no strength. It’s not exactly like trying to bake brownies for our bake sale in the midst of a storm when the power is out though. As long as the oven had been started, the heat will remain in there and turn the batter into brownies. Being without Jesus is like trying to print off a document from the internet on your desktop in the middle of a storm. The desktop won’t work without power; the internet will not be connected to the hotspot without power; the printer will not turn on without power. The project is completely worthless without power. That’s where we are when we do not accept the power of God in our lives. Unlike the neighborhood losing power, which was a good thing because it kindled community, when we give up the power of God in our life, the change is for the worse.