I had a chore this morning that needed two extension cords for extra distance. I plugged them in and started across the yard. However, I ran out of cord before arriving at my destination. Looking back to see what was wrong I discovered instead of plugging them together I plugged the end of the second one into its own receptacle. It was a loop. It was plugged into itself. It was hopelessly powerless.
At this point I can imagine you know what I am going to say. You think I am going to say that cord is just like people. As long as we are plugged into ourselves and not into a true power source we are hopelessly powerless. If you thought that, you were absolutely correct. Now, we might not be totally powerless. We are like batteries that have some self-contained power and can accomplish some things. But all batteries no matter how good eventually run dry.
If we want to accomplish great things, if we want to exceed our expectations, then we must plug into real power. In Matthew 19:26 we read, “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” As long as we think we can do it by ourselves we are destined to be so much less than what we were created for. Paul wrote, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, . .” Ephesians 3:20. God has great plans for us and they will happen if we cease being plugged into ourselves. Then and only then will our Father’s dreams for us be fulfilled.
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 30, 2016
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