Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
When you drive down First Street in our town, it is easy to find businesses by their signs: Maxwell Tire, Alice’s Pastry Shop, Quilts n’ More. Then you come upon Dynamis, not the pyrotechnic supplier you would suspect, but an exotic fish store! Jerry, the owner, is asked by virtually every customer why the store has that name, and he always takes the opportunity to witness to the divine power, or dynamis in the Greek, that he received through faith in Christ.
Christians acquire effective and productive—not unbridled or unproven—energy and power to receive everything we need to live reverent and faithful lives. All. Everything. Nothing added. Colossians 2:10 notes that we are complete in Christ. Our struggles and our feelings of unworthiness, anxiety, depression, or shame—all are sufficiently and efficiently under our Savior’s control. The dynamis we receive from God is the source for the perseverance we must demonstrate in godly, honoring lives.
In an often-ungodly world, our power manifests as we respond to the challenges life brings to us, and in our attempts to live godly and victorious lives. Desire to live a life of God-promised victory through his power, and not our own. Pray, read, study, and model the Word of God. Scripture, God’s promise to us, is comforting, encouraging, and entirely sufficient to remind, refine, and renew us.
Turn challenges into opportunities to demonstrate dynamis to others.
Susan Gordon lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she enjoys biking, walking, serving as a County Parks volunteer, and making memories with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.