Does this make you nervous?
We saw this bumper sticker on a car a couple of weeks ago.
At first, we thought it said, “There is nothing that can be solved with the use of high explosives.”
We were wrong, weren’t we?
That is a little bit scary, that someone would actually put these words on a bumper sticker.
I started thinking, “Is this even remotely true? What exactly can be fixed by an explosion? A lot can be destroyed…but nothing is made better .”
Dynamite. Now, that is a high explosive.
Did you know that the word “dynamite” comes from a greek word that is pronounced “dunamis” (I think. I don’t know how to put greek letters on this blog…yet.)
This word means “power.” A lot of power.
It is used in Romans 1:16 in talking about the good news of the gospel, that it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes…
The power to change a selfish, self-serving individual into a new person, one who begins to love others more than himself.
One guy, Stephen, was full of grace and power, and he was doing signs and wonders among the people. (Acts 6:8)
Because he had received this ability to love.
They killed him because he talked about God as if He were his Father, and because he knew The Son.
And, yet, one of the guys that killed him, Saul of Tarsus, received this same power, became Paul, the apostle, and literally began to change the world.
This power is talked about all through the New Testament.
It is a gift, from God, that becomes more and more powerful as you realize your own weakness without it. (2Cor. 12:9)
You know what it is?
It is the Life of God (dynamite) being revealed in the people of God (those that have been born again, born from above, born by the Spirit) walking in humble obedience to the God that created them, because of the great love for Him that He has given to them.
That’s right. You can’t even love God unless you receive this new life from Him.
You can’t receive it until you realize that you need it.
If you think there is any possibility of earning it yourself, you won’t receive it.
It is free to those who will receive it.
But, it will cost you everything.
Because, the One who created you has this big plan for you to find purpose…His purpose…in your life.
And…you will never be the same.
There is nothing that can’t be solved by the use of “the power of God” in His people.