If you’re anything like me most days you don’t feel all that influential. Stumbling among a world with little eye contact and even fewer spoken words, we are often unacknowledged by those around us. Technology has quickly taken the place for intimacy, and we must work harder than ever to maintain genuine relationships.
Every fiber in my being tells me this is not how the world was meant to be. We feel joyful when a stranger smiles at us and sad when we’re forgotten because we know that we are supposed to matter. When reality doesn’t match our dreams of love and fulfillment we’re told to lessen our expectations. They won’t likely come to pass, many say.
We live in a world where few seem to hold all the “power.” The wealthy, the famous, the troublemakers on front-page newsstands. How are we to influence a world clothed in darkness?
These times come as no surprise to God. He knew what we would face in this world, because He saw it Himself: evil, betrayal, pain and covetousness. The enemy would have us believe we are outnumbered, but just because we are meek doesn’t mean we are defenseless. “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matt 10:16).
Though our power looks different than the rest of the world we are surely armed (Ephesians 6:10-18). Let your humble confidence be made know to all: you have a Savior and are a force to be reckoned with. You hold much more capability than you imagine. Do not blind yourself to the evils of this world, but rather use your citizenship for the furtherance of the Kingdom and the saving of many lives.
(The Whole Armor of God)
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:10-18).
“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” –Zech 4:6