July Blog: “No Longer Powerless”
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” ~Romans 5:6
Last month, I presented to you part one of a two-part blog. The first blog was entitled “Just-in-time God.” Based in Romans 5:6, focusing on the first part of that verse, “at just the right time,” we talked about how God is the God of past, present, and future generations. How God is a just-in-time God, that His Son Jesus died for us at just the right time, for you and for me. And we spoke of the hard times in which we live, with COVID-19 and unrest and turmoil in our cities, but that God is the One who holds the future. It’s one of my favorite things to say, “He’s a just-in-time God!” Yes, He is!
In the second part of this two-part series, we’ll look at Romans 5:6 again, but this time we will focus on this part of the verse, “. . . when we were still powerless. . .”. Readers, you may be asking yourselves, “Really? She’s going to focus on being powerless?” Just hold on, and hang with me, here. Let’s unpack that part of the verse.
Hopefully, you’ve notice that it says we were still powerless. Were. Here’s the Good News: we were powerless, but now we have power through Christ Jesus! Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (emphasis mine).”
Women of God, we were powerless in our sin, but Christ died at just the right time for us, as Romans 5:6 says. But according to the book of Ephesians, as we walk with Him, being rooted and established in love, we will have power – power to do what? Power to grasp the depths of His love, power to be filled with His love, power to – together with God’s holy people, the church – power to act in His love, to reach a hurting and broken and diseased world with the love of Christ!
Our world has changed so much in 2020. With COVID-19, many have gotten sick, and many have died. People are home and not working, worried about their finances. We don’t know if the schools will open, or how we can return to work if our kids aren’t in school. Political unrest and outrage are everywhere, you can sense it, you can feel it. People are scared for their future. If we look at our circumstances, it can be overwhelming, and we can lose heart. We feel powerless, especially when these challenges affect us directly or personally. But be encouraged, my IWM sisters, as we look to God’s word for our comfort and strength. Know that you were once powerless before you came to Christ, but that is who you were, not who you are now. As Christ-followers, let us hold on our faith as ones who have power in Christ, rooted and established in love. We are not powerless, for we know the source of our strength, and He will never fail, never leave us, nor forsake us. Take courage, my sisters, and walk in His power, strength, and love today!