I’m what you would call a typical father and husband of a middle class family. I’ve had some success in my short lifetime. You know, the standard American dream. I’m a college educated, financially stable man. My family and I own our home, are active in our church and community, and, I would like to think, are respectable, nice people.
Even if you don’t think so, many of you share in my success, but there’s a subtle danger to all this. There’s a contrast between the trust we have in God and our reliance in our own abilities. Just look at any self-help section of your favorite book store. The shelves are filled to capacity with scores of titles teaching how to accomplish anything. And in all this accomplishment, all of our imagination and ingenuity and hard work lies the root of our problem. It becomes all about me. We are recognized by our success, our actions, our work ethic. We are convinced that we are where we are because of our own power.
In contrast, God wants to us to accept our inabilities. We truly find strength when we admit our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:10). But Christians don’t do that very often. We try to solve all of our own problems. We have trouble believing that only God can truly satisfy. Even in the church, we think we are the ones who make it grow. We build expensive buildings, create dynamic programs, and hire a high-payed staff to appeal to the masses. So I’m tempted to ask the question, “Isn’t God enough?”
The best example of considering God enough is found with the first century church in Acts. A small group of uneducated, timid disciples were given the Holy Spirit, God’s power, and the result is unheard of. Peter, through this power, declares Jesus to the crowds and thousands are saved (Acts 2). A man crippled from birth takes his first steps (Acts 3). Peter and John speak about Jesus in the presence of the Sanhedrin and they are amazed at the courage of these ordinary men (Acts 4). Stephen stands up for Jesus, even unto his death (Acts 7). A dangerous persecutor of Christians, Saul, becomes a follower of Christ (Acts 9). Peter miraculously escapes from prison (Acts 12).
In all of these instances, the power of God, not the power of man is used to grow his kingdom. We learn that through man alone nothing of lasting significance can be accomplished. But if we lean on the power of God, there’s no end to the impact we have on this world for his glory.
God was, is, and always will be enough!