Power Through Powerlessness
Rev. John Young
Someone told me she heard a testimony in which the sister was saying: Before coming to America, I had a good job, and did very well. Everyone in the company appreciated me. I felt that I was pretty capable. There weren’t too many things I couldn’t handle. But ever since coming here, the language and culture were all new to me. People here were better than I. I felt depressed. And I felt that I was useless, incapable of anything… “
Hearing this testimony, I began to think: How wonderful is it that this person has such self awareness and humility! Actually the Lord has already begun His wonderful work of turning around her life, so that His power and glory would shine through her.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree, so that the wild birds come and nest in its branches.” A mustard seed is here to testify to the power of God. Sense of insignificance and humility are the steps every believer must traverse. Even Jesus took the same road (Philippians 2:6-8), are you willing to likewise?
During this time as we prepare for the Deeper Life Conference of 2019, let us develop the 2020 vision, seeing that we are small and useless. Think. What are the things in the world that are making you feel proud: Your work? The achievements of your kids? Your comfortable home? Even your ministry in the church which has given you so much satisfaction?… Are you willing to give them us, saying from the bottom of your heart: “Lord, I am small and useless. I need you” ?