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Energy, by Cath Thorlakson

Read Colossians 1:27 – 29

“For this I labor (unto weariness), striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.”
                                                                                                          Colossians 1:29

What does this mean: superhuman energy? Do you have it? How do you know if you do?

I see two important points in these three verses. First, we have been given the energy for the work that God has called us to. That work is present in every person mature in Christ. We are all involved at some level of others’ spiritual development.

When I find myself tired, a first and necessary question is, ‘Lord, is there anything beyond Your agenda that I have taken on?’ However, I look at Paul’s ministry and see that God expected much from him. Sometimes He expects much from us, too. When I am fulfilling His agenda for me, though it may take endurance, Scripture seems to suggest that ‘as (my) days are, so my strength will be’.


Second, I labor with His energy. Just as He has provided seed for the sower, so He enkindles and works His superhuman energy in me.

That phrase ‘I labor’ sounds heavy. But I am not sure that these verses suggest that we will skip through ministry challenges unfazed by their difficulty. As I read Paul’s letters, I see that he was ‘fazed’ by trials, yet never lost his passion, resolve, or determination to be faithful to what God asked of him. I wonder if he looked back on his life and realized that he never should have been able to do that much. More likely, according to his words, he knew it as he ministered and therefore completely depended on God to fulfill his calling.

How about you? Have you added anything to God’s agenda for you? Are you ministering out of His superhuman energy – perhaps ‘fazed’, but with joy and determination to fulfill God’s call on your life? Rest in the fact that though you may feel tired, God is infusing His superhuman energy into you. You will get the job that He has called you to do, done!

2010-01-02T08:16:05+00:00 January 2nd, 2010|Devotionals, Our Blog|0 Comments

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