Read: 2 Timothy 1

God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Our granddaughter was showing a calf at the fair. She emailed us a picture of herself with the calf. It looked more like a full-grown cow. I asked her, “How does it go when you lead the calf around?” She said, “The calf has to know who’s in charge!”

Ask yourself the question: “Who’s in charge of my life?” Is it really Jesus? As we interact with other Christians, sometimes it’s not clear that God is the one in charge of their lives. Their language and behavior hardly seem any different from those who make no claim to follow Jesus. The power God offers to us through Christ is the very power of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10). Yet, why don’t we experience more of this power in our daily lives? Perhaps we need a spiritual tune-up.

If your car’s power of failing, you get it checked to see if the gas line is dirty of the spark plugs need replacing. It’s the same with the Christian life. Is your Bible dusty or its app unused? Need a prayer partner? Maybe you need to ask Christ to demonstrate his power more in your life. Growing in grace also involves a process of maturing in our walk with Christ. Even the great apostle Paul acknowledged that this doesn’t happen overnight: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (Phil. 3:12).

—Chic Broersma

PRAYER: Lord and Master, empower me.