This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. (1 Samuel 5:4)
I think that sometimes we feel like we have to defend God. I start thinking that if I don’t respond to this idiot and his arguments against God, who will? The Israelites had found themselves in a battle, and they wanted to make sure their “god” won. Yet to their surprise, God allowed the Philistines to win. The Philistines even captured the “Ark” and put what they thought was the Israelite “god” into the temple of their god, Dagon. Let me just say it didn’t work out too well for Dagon. Israel found out that God was big enough to defend Himself.
Sometimes we carry just a bit too much responsibility in things. We think that if we don’t come up with that super closing argument, then the person we are sharing the gospel with won’t accept Jesus. When it comes to dealing with sin in our life, we feel like we have to “white knuckle” it and fight the battle by ourselves. We get to thinking that when we fail at temptation we just need to “try harder”.
May I gently remind you that we serve a powerful God. He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He wants to be involved in our lives. Sharing the gospel with a friend is important, but don’t forget the power isn’t in you to “convert” anyone. God has built the power into the gospel message itself (Rom. 1:16). God certainly wants us to find victory over sin, but He tells us it’s when we learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit that we learn how to win the battle (Gal. 5:16).
Now don’t misunderstand me here. I’m not saying that we don’t play a part in these things. When it comes to sharing the gospel, people won’t be able to respond if we don’t tell them. When it comes to living a life that pleases God, we have a responsibility to obey and act under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Just don’t forget where the real power is. The real power is not in you. It’s in God. Take a step back today and make a choice to yield to Him. Yield to His leading. Yield to His power. Then take a step forward to follow Him.