Colossians 1:28-29 are unusual verses, they say, “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy which so powerfully works in me.” That’s an interesting perspective. What is the energy that Paul is talking about? Is it the Holy Spirit? Is it just working hard? Is it just going after the things of Christ and presenting the gospel in an evangelistic way and he physically gets tired? I think there’s something deeper here. I think there’s something we miss in the Church, particularly in North America. We read about when the hem of Jesus’ garment was touched by the women with issue of blood. He said “something has gone out from me.” Ministry takes energy, ministry takes a toll on people. You can’t just keep ministering over and over again without taking time to take care of yourself, without taking time to be replenished.
Recently the Lord has been talking to me about overflow. That I need to fill myself. I need to fill my spirit. I need to fill my countenance with, as Paul says, the energy of God so that what I minister out of is the overflow. So that I minister out of being totally filled with the Spirit of God, with the Power of God, and that I dig deep into that well, dig deep into that storehouse of energy that God has given to us.
Let me be clear. I think most Christians are hung up with striving to be like Christ. We work hard, we read our Bibles, we go to church, we volunteer, we give our money, we spend our time as much as we can to be what Christ wants us to be. I think there’s part of us that’s still operating in a works mentality; if we work hard enough then we’ll really be acceptable to Christ. The actual reality is that Paul says in Colossians that we labor with all His energy, which so powerfully works within us. Let me just say this: tap into the power of God which is resonant in you and quit striving.