Colossians 1:28-29 – “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”

Apostle Paul was supernaturally strengthened to carry out his mission for Christ as ‘strenuously contended’ for God’s purpose – keeping God’s glory at the forefront of his motives. Truly, the highest motive in serving God is the desire to please Him and love for Jesus Christ is the only motive that will stand the test of time. The journey of life comes with both good and hard times – and no one depending solely on natural strength or human gifts can stand in the face of this unless he is strengthened from above.

One may show great zeal for God out of mere conviction – but when the thorns, heat and vicissitudes of life come, the unstable zeal will soon be choked. It takes supernatural strength to steady our hearts in the face of life’s ups and downs – to not get overwhelmed by man’s praise or overtaken by man’s persecution. Our relationship with God must be the principle from which we act and the end at which we aim. In other words, keep Jesus at the centre of your life! Yes, challenges will come, but there will be strength to see you through. Yes, temptation will come, there will be grace to overcome. There will be supernatural endowment to achieve your God-given assignment – for His glory!

PRAYER: Whatever barrier that stands between your heart and the Holy Spirit – command it to be removed, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!