The power of God is unmistakable. It changes lives, does the impossible, heals the broken, encourages the down-trodden, finds the lost, destroys the wicked, and saves those in need. Our study this week examines our response to the Gospel.
The remainder of our posts for this study series will feature responses from members of the church. Many thanks to Stephanie Capps for opening her heart and sharing her answer to the question of the week: How have you seen the power of God change things in your life?
Power of God by Stephanie Capps
When I think about things that I’ve seen the power of God change in my life, I naturally think of things that are uncomfortable or unpleasant that I would like to see him do a work in. One area that God’s power has been evident to me lately is in my job as a middle school teacher. I’ve prayed that he would change my heart toward my students (especially the ones who are not very nice to me) and give me love toward them instead of resentment and animosity. Every year I would start the year telling myself that I was going to love my students and put their needs ahead of the demands of my job and their academics, but I continued to fail and would get to a point of frustration. This year I have truly surrendered my job to the Lord and seen him do a remarkable work in my heart! His power changed my heart of stone toward my students to a heart of compassion and love, which could have only been done by a glorious savior who had compassion on me even when I rebelled against him much like my students do. He has given me eyes to see them as he sees me, and I can only respond in love toward them and praise and worship toward the One who saved me and continues to love me and show His goodness to me, regardless of my unworthiness.
I’ve also struggled with the demands of balancing time with Todd, Anna, and Evans with caring for my mom and dad. I found myself dreading the days and nights that I would have to stay with my parents instead of being home with my family and responding to mom and dad with impatience instead of the love of Jesus. God used a dear friend’s text that told me to “enjoy my time with my parents” on one of those frustrating days to make me stop and realize my selfishness and that the extra time with them was truly a gift and something to be treasured. God’s power brought me freedom from the guilt I was feeling over leaving my own kids to tend to my parents and great joy and satisfaction from the privilege to serve them and show them lovingkindness like my heavenly father shows me.
In both of these situations, God chose not to change my circumstances, but he graciously changed me instead. Just like Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4, God made his light shine in our hearts (v.6) giving us the knowledge of God’s glorious gospel through Christ and showing us that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (v.7) The power of the gospel is continually transforming us, (16) Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (17) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (18) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Each of us have our own struggles, but they are all momentary in light of eternity with Christ. We can take comfort in knowing, For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:36
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