I want to share a few thoughts on the greatness of God and then I want to challenge us on our faith walk.
As followers of Christ we have a real relationship with God (John 15:15). His grace has afforded us forgiveness of sin and the mighty baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Our faith in Christ has made it possible for us to become His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We have access and can come boldly to the throne of grace for mercy and help from Almighty God (Hebrews 4:16). We have been given a divine power of attorney concerning the name of Jesus; whatever we ask the Father in His name will be done for us (John 14:13-14). We have been given so much through redemption. The longer that we serve the Lord and the more we seek to know Him the more we come to realize that we have only begun to know the Lord. Simply stated, He is God. David said it this way:
What are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them? Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honor. You appointed them rulers over everything you made; you placed them over all creation: sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! (Psalm 8:4-9)
Do you ever meet people who seem to have God all figured out? They are typically very dogmatic and make many unilateral statements of what God is and is not, what He likes and does not and seem to know exactly who the truly spiritual people are. It is amazing that we can make the assumption that we have a grasp on the infinite God. We know Him because He has revealed Himself to us through the Lord Jesus Christ not because of anything that we have done to discover Him.
God is bigger than my brain. I am going to go out on a limb and say that God is bigger than your brain too. My intellect does not need to comprehend God and neither does yours. If it were possible for us to understand Him, to explain Him, to define Him, to measure and standardize Him, He would not be God.
Does this mean that doctrine and discipleship are irrelevant? Absolutely not! God has revealed Himself to humanity through His Word and through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We can know Him; but He is bigger than our brains. We will never have Him figured out. We will always discover something new about Him.
What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete as complete as God’s knowledge of me. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
There is no greater revelation of the greatness of God than in grace. We are unable to save ourselves so Christ has paid the price of our redemption. This is the foundation of our faith; it is the foundation of the New Covenant. God in Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
If you are a follower of Christ this is foundational to who you are. Our strength is insufficient. Our righteousness is insufficient. Our works are insufficient but His blood is all-sufficient. We believe in His name, we live in His name and we pray in His name because our access to God comes only through Him (John 14:6). The Christian life is a life of faith; it is a life of dependency on grace. Our life following Christ mandates our dependence upon God.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
What are you doing right now that requires faith?
Think about your life; your ministry, your family, your education; even your finances. If we didn’t serve Jesus would we be living differently than we do now? Are our lives affected by our faith? Do we live in such a way that we are dependent upon the Lord or are we living in our own strength? The just will live by faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). We are saved by faith in Christ but we are also called to live a life of faith; we are called to depend on God.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Salvation through Jesus Christ is not the removal of human weakness, nor is it merely the manifestation of divine power. Rather it is the manifestation of divine power through human weakness. If our lives are not manifesting the divine power of the Lord we need to examine our walk with God. God is bigger than our brains; His plan for our lives will destroy our comfort zones and will take us into a place where we need Him more and more.
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. (John 14:12)
This is one of those verses of scripture that sends our natural, practical minds for a loop. How can we as believers perform the works of Jesus? The simple answer is that we cannot? Our humanity does not have the ability to heal the sick, perform miracles or speak prophetic words from heaven. Humans don’t do those things. This is where faith has to come into our lives. This is where the Holy Spirit comes into our lives. In the same manner that we turned to Christ to for salvation because we could not save ourselves so our life of faith requires us to depend on the Holy Spirit to work in and through our lives on a daily basis.
Living by faith is definitely bigger than my brain; that’s why we must always remember how awesome our God is. We must remember that we are not the main character of our life’s story; Jesus is. He is the head and we are the body. Our faith in Him and our faith in His Word places Jesus at the center of our lives. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) which means He is both the promise maker and the promise keeper (Numbers 23:19). We can depend on Jesus.
Kingdom work with Kingdom Resources
As followers of Christ each of us is engaged in ministry both inside and outside of the church. We may be working in a multitude of different areas but each of us should be engaged in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and demonstrating the love and power of God. I want to challenge us to remember that God is bigger than our brains. His vision is greater than ours. His resources are greater than ours. His love is stronger than ours. I think each of us would agree that God’s desire and ability to use each of us to reach the people He loves is greater than ours. Are we willing to trust Him? Are we willing to believe that God can do more through us than our natural abilities and resources say we can? Do we believe that the resources of heaven are available to us through faith? Can we move forward and truly engage in Kingdom work with Kingdom resources? The Bible declares the answer to be an overwhelming, “Yes!”
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23)
These are two more of those scriptures that move us out of normal. These verses place the limiting power of what God will do in and through our lives on our ability to trust Him; to live by faith. Are we willing to ask for the things that require us to truly depend on God? If so, are we prepared for the changes that will takes place in our lives when God grants our request? Are we willing to leave our comfort zones? I know some of this is rhetorical in nature but can we move past Christianity that is powered by people into a life of faith that is powered by the Holy Spirit?
I am unsure of where you are in your walk with Jesus. You may be new to the faith or you may be a veteran believer. Regardless of long it has been since you first believed we walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We do not move from faith to careful planning and human security; we move from faith to faith (Romans 1:17). Our challenge is to grow in our relationship and revelation of God on an ongoing basis. As we grow in our knowledge of God we will grow in faith; we will begin to believe God for greater things, we will begin to place more of a demand on the Spirit of God in our lives.
God wants to use each of us in greater ways than He is currently doing. In order for this to happen we will have to trust Him in greater ways than we currently are. God is not seeking to increase our human skills and talents; He is seeking to work through our lives in the power of His Spirit. God’s kingdom is not built upon our abilities; it is built upon Jesus Christ and the work He completed on the cross.
When I first came to you dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
Walking by faith causes my brain to overload sometimes because it means that I have to surrender control. The more we come to know Jesus the easier it is to walk by faith because we know how awesome He is and how much we can trust Him. If you are operating your life in the strength of your humanity I challenge you to surrender more of your life to Christ; He is much bigger than we are.