I can’t explain why he did it, but my friend Cary set off an eruption in the middle of class, and I got blamed. To be fair, it was my ice-cold can of soda spraying an outrageous fountain into the air, but it was Cary’s hand that stabbed it with his pencil as it lay sideways on my desk. A shower of soda rained on my head along with shock and disbelief. How could so much soda come out of one little can?
Christians aren’t much different. Serious power in a small package. Carbonated Christians.
God’s Spirit lives in Christians and gives us the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That’s infinitely more power than a can of flavored sugar water infused with carbon dioxide and placed into a freezer for an hour – like I’d done with my can of soda that morning.
I’d placed my soda into the freezer hoping to make it stay cold longer. We hadn’t reached the lesson in Science class about when water in soda freezes it expands and pushes the carbon dioxide out. Or at least it tries. Unbeknownst to me, I’d walked into my classroom with a can of supercharged pressure, desperate for a way of escape. Eager for Cary and his pencil.
As Christians spend time studying the Bible and coming to know God and his character, our faith expands. We become carbonated Christians walking with more power than we ever imagined. Outrageous power to forgive the unforgivable, stand bravely in the face of fear, and love our enemies. Passion to reach out to the lost despite intense shyness. An overwhelming desire to put others first and the strength to pray instead of panic when our nightmare comes true.
If it feels like your faith is flat, supercharge it with time at God’s feet. Let his Word work in you to infuse your faith and explode it into a cascading fountain of power and trust.
Nothing we imagine will exceed what God is able to do according to the power of his Spirit at work in us. His Spirit transforms us into us carbonated Christians.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 NIV
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