Powerless. (guest blog by Greg Johnson, founder and CEO of The David Project)


I am the least handy person I know. No, really. A few years ago, I took my car to Goodyear because one of my tail lights was out. I asked them if they could fix it. Of course, they said they could. Then I asked, “Should I leave it with you or wait?” They looked puzzled by my question, which I didn’t understand. They said I could wait. It took them about 2 minutes, which was a clue that it may not have been quite as difficult as I suspected. So, not only am I not handy, I’m not too smart either. $10 for a $1.49 replacement bulb confirms that fact.

Last weekend, I was changing out a light socket that was broken in one of the girl’s rooms. I took the cover off and started poking around with a screwdriver. Yvonne kept saying, “Go turn the power off before you do that.” Oh please – I’m a man!!! As she was telling me that about the 5th time, I hit it with the screwdriver just right and sparks literally bolted from the outlet. So, even though the thing was broken, I learned a “powerful” lesson. There was still current flowing in and around the outlet, it just needed to be harnessed so it could function correctly. And I peed exactly one drop.

I think my walk with Christ has often mirrored that broken outlet – ridiculous power available, but I either refuse, or don’t even realize that I need to make the necessary adjustments to harness it. Paul talks about that very thing in his second letter to Timothy, chapter 3. He uses the phrase, “…having a form of godliness, but denying its power…” (v5) That sums up a lot of what I see in Christianity today, especially in Western culture. Miraculous things are happening by God’s power all over the world every day – healings, dreams and visions – but we don’t see it much in our culture. Why? Well, there many reasons, but probably the biggest one is that we are satisfied just looking enough like Jesus to satisfy our “church peeps” but are too emboldened to the world to really effectively access the power of God. In short, we want enough of God to make us feel better about ourselves, but not enough of him to really change our lives, and consequently, the lives of those around us. Accessing the power available is in direct correlation to the time we spend practicing Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Often, I don’t want to go there, because I am afraid of what it might cost me. And so I sit, a broken outlet on the wall; Lots of power waiting to be accessed, but in desperate need of repair to be used for the purpose intended.

I’m no rocket scientist, but Paul obviously knew there was incredible power accessible to ALL of us. In fact, his leader, Jesus, said in the book of John: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…” (14:12) He goes on to tell his disciples that he is sending a helper, the Holy Spirit, to help them access the power. So, if I am truly a follower of Jesus, and through him have the power of the all-knowing, all-powerful God living inside of me, but live a powerless existence, then something is wrong. Either I have embraced inaccurate doctrine or I am satisfied with just enough to get by. It’s sad either way. The good news is, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY! Get rid of the broken things in your life that are hindering the flow of the current of the power of God, embrace what Jesus himself said – that through him we can do even greater things than he himself did – and you’ll be SHOCKED by the results (pun intended). According to Jesus, there MUST be more than this…

By the way, in case you were wondering, I didn’t get electrocuted and I successfully replaced the outlet. Turns out Goodyear doesn’t make house calls…