There are just days when everything is ho-hum. We go to work. We come home. We eat supper. We go to bed. We do it all over again.
Nothing exciting or monumental ever happens even though we are supposed to be world-changers. Somewhere along the way, we sold our super hero costume in a garage sale and now we are just tired and we want to sleep.
“What will it take to move us from the bleacher to the feature that God has for our lives?” asked Paul McDonald, Jan. 26 at C2 Church.
Will it take a huge dazzling bright being with wings to wake us up? That’s what happened in Zechariah 4. Zechariah is told that the rebuilding of the temple will happen, “Not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of the Lord.”1
Even though he has fallen asleep and doesn’t think the work can be finished, God says it will be finished. The mountain of obstacles standing in the way will be flattened like a plain. God tells him even though it doesn’t look possible in the natural, it will happen with the help of the Spirit of God.
“Apathy flourishes when I live in my strength, my senses and my compassion,” McDonald explained. “Apathy disappears when I live in the Spirit’s strength, the Spirit’s sense and the Spirit’s compassion.”
Grace is not just what happens at salvation. “Grace is the supernatural ability to live the way God wants us to live,” he continued. “When I come to the end of my rope, that’s when God can work. You don’t overcome difficulties on your own. You overcome them by the grace of God in your life.”
According to McDonald, when God finishes a work in our lives, just like He helped the people of Israel during Zechariah’s time complete the temple that had been laying half completed, it is done by the power of the grace of God.
Sometimes our strength seems to be depleted. We are apathetic. When it seems hopeless, we give it to God and He multiplies the little we have. The Holy Spirit is the grace resource of power and wisdom.
Intellectually and rationally it doesn’t make sense. We can’t build a temple. We can’t build a church. We can’t save a community, much less the world. Spiritually, though, there is a greater word that God declares.
“The Spirit of God comes in like a refreshing spring of water and we shout Grace to the obstacle and it moves,” McDonald says. “We are not supposed to tackle obstacles on our own. We are supposed to declare the grace of God to the difficulty. We allow the Holy Spirit to bring the mountain down to become a flat plain.”
He challenged Christians to find their giftings with the help of the church leadership and the body of Christ and put them to use in the kingdom of God.
If there are obstacles in the way, declare grace to those obstacles even if they are persons, finances, debts or seemingly impossible situations.
“Grace is not about merit,” he continued. “Sure, we’ve made mistakes. We don’t have to have our answer, but His answer.
“What difficulty, obstacle or mountain is looming large in front of you? Allow God to show Himself strong.”
The mountain will be come a plain as Christians move out of apathy to action through dynamic connection to the Spirit of God.
1 Zechariah 4:6