You Have the Power!

You have the Power

Many residents of Raleigh remember when Hurricane Fran blew through this area. There were wide-spread power outages for a week! Many companies lost significant business because without power, they were unable to process sales. In addition, many lost vast amounts of product because they had no power to refrigerate. As a direct result of that storm, backup power became a necessity for many homes and businesses. The company where I work installs and monitors backup power systems for hospitals, data centers and a host of other critical facilities. This additional power source is crucial to successful operation and even to life itself.

As Christians, we too have a source of power…but our source, the Holy Spirit, never requires a back up! Jesus told His disciples just before He ascended to heaven that they would receive power. He said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…,” (Acts 1:8). This is a heavenly power; a power that resides in us. It is a transformational power that works for good in our lives! Not only does it change us personally, but it also helps us to be agents of change in our workplaces…all for good.

Do you allow the Spirit's power in you to impact your sphere of influence at work? Easier said than done, right? Romans 12:2-21 tells us how this power works. Verse 2 says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” We are transformed by the renewing of our minds by studying His Word and allowing ourselves to be changed by it. This speaks to the Power of God’s Word (His presence), alive and powerful, “working effectively” in us. This power comes from the Greek word “energeo” meaning to be at work in or to produce. It is the very Word of God that energizes and empowers us to effectively live our faith in the workplace.    

Our workplace Challenge: Read Romans 12:2-21 thoroughly. Be willing to allow His power to work effectively in you (verse 2). Identify and acknowledge the spiritual gifts God has specifically assigned to you and utilize those gifts to serve God and others at work (verses 3-8).Then, allow this Power in you to help you live as a Christian should, and not as the world does (verses 9-18). The right behavior of a Christian includes loving others without hypocrisy, demonstrating acts of kindness, serving, not repaying evil with evil, blessing those who persecute you, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep, etc. Remember, it is not you but the power of God in you that gives you a transformational presence. Make today count in His power and for His glory.