To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:29, NIV
It takes a lot of energy to keep our world powered up, lit up, and filled up. Scientists tell us that humans daily consume about 63,300,000 megawatt-hours of electricity. Approximately half of our energy comes from oil and natural gas, and another quarter comes from coal and nuclear reactors. The remaining 25 percent comes from renewable energy sources.
Put all that together and multiply it by a billion, and it still wouldn’t equal a split-second of the energy God makes available to His children for living a Christ-like life in this world. Think of the phrase Paul used—all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Jesus sends strength into our souls by the Holy Spirit, and that’s why we’re constantly told to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), to love in the Spirit (Colossians 1:8), and to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10).
The energy of God within us keeps us moving forward into God’s will for our life.
He works in us—and does so powerfully, Paul says—to give us his own energy for the work to which he calls us.