Daily Devotional
Using the Power of God

“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.”

Colossians 1:11

Ponder This

Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Paul was talking about service to the Lord, and he went on to say in verse 2, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Do you want to find the will of God for your service? Present yourself to God. Say, “Lord here I am.” Your gift must have the power to operate, and God is the One who provides the power.

Suppose you got married and received a lot of gifts. You got a waffle iron. You got a toaster. You got a blender. You got a TV. Then, you moved into an apartment with no power. What good is the gift if you can’t plug it in? You see, God gives you the gift when you get saved, but the gift begins to operate when you get the power to operate it. The power to operate that gift comes when you present yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ saying, “Here I am, Lord. I give myself to you.”

  • What would it look like to present yourself to God as this passage calls you to?
  • Have you ever tried to use your spiritual gifts without the power of God? What was that like?

Practice This

Present yourself to Jesus today. Ask a friend in Christ how God changed his or her life when he or she approached Him this way.