Here is the great and beautiful paradox of life on earth for a Christian disciple: God will do great things but He will invite you to participate in getting it done. He is the source and the power. You are an agent.

It is a difficult balance to perceive, a complicated mix of ensuring God gets the ultimate credit but we take responsibility for our own part to play.

God gives us the ability to believe, the power to work. He does not “need” us, but He invites us to participate. The power of God is impotent (only in that it is ignored) without our obedience. God will work in other ways, but our choices will clog the specific arteries we are meant to steward. Trying to act out of our own power without aligning with God is like trying to drive a car without wheels. We can put all sorts of things on our vehicle to try to make it go (and some might propel us mildly), but we aren’t really going anywhere.

We too often try to lean on our own power without acknowledging the source of that power and the agenda He has in mind. It is childish and inefficient, to say the least.

When we find the “sweet spot” of acknowledging God as God, the source and visionary behind all power in the universe and us as small, but significant agents meant to help carry out His designs, we unlock truth beyond what we can fathom. The chance to participate in a Kingdom bigger than ourselves, bigger even than our understanding. More than we can fathom.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
– Ephesians 3:20-21