2 Timothy 1:8b
“Rely on the Power of God”
Unlike other religions, Christianity is not about a bunch of moral and ethical law/rule/commandment keeping which we try to obey, out of our own self-discipline, will, and determination in the hopes of earning heaven someday. Yes, God certainly wants us to live awesomely moral, ethical and loving lives. He expects nothing less but he wants us to do so, not in our own strength but in his power. In fact, God knows that we are basically inept in being who he wants us to be and doing what he wants us to do if we go at it alone.
Thus, throughout the New Testament we are constantly encouraged to rely on his all-powerfulness essentially for everything. Here are some of the classics: Philippians 2:12, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling because it is God who is at work in you.” He is re-creating us as “his new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), he is “conforming us to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29), he is cultivating within us the “characteristics of Christ” (Galatians 5:22), and he is making us into his “workmanship productive for all good for works in Christ” (Ephesians 2:10).
Personally, I want to love God more. I want to be more holy. I want to be more like Christ. I want to be more kind, loving, peaceful and joyful. I want to be a please God more and become a better husband, father, pastor, and friend. And I will be all of these things and much more if I continually rely on God’s power (which I get through prayer and Word). And so will you.
For the glory of God and our joy,