Listen to me!

The greatest display of God’s power was not at creation or in the daily sustaining of the universe. God’s power was comprehensively and supernaturally displayed in Jesus’ resurrection. It showed not only God’s ability to reconstitute your material body thus demonstrating his power over your mortal life (Rom 8:11), but the resurrection shows God’s power to wholly refashion the entire immaterial order of the universe thus demonstrating his power over your moral life as well. This is so important for us to realize that Paul asserts “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin…But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 15:54-56). And so God’s appeal to you is: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory” (Col 3:1-4, NLT; see also Eph 1:19-20). The same power that raised Christ from the dead is present in you right now to live the life God has called you to live. Christian, do you know who you are?

Taken from my “Our Strength, His Power: Who We Are and Why It Matters