For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4 NRSV)

A pastor said to her congregation one day, "Brothers and Sisters of the congregation, remember--if you do as I say...you'll get a shiny gold star on the forehead of your soul...and a 'happy note' sent home to the Almighty...or you can spend all eternity in the 'time-out' corner!"

The pastor adds: "When you're dealing with spiritual five-year-olds, you gotta tune in on their wave length."

Spiritual power is a by-product of of inward fellowship with God not through following someone's example. Most of us have no spiritual power. "Blessed are the pure (literally, the single-minded) in heart: for they shall see God." We are not single-minded, hence we do not see God in inner fellowship and in outward power. It is not that we do not love God but that we do not love God completely.

The New Testament doesn't call us to imitate Jesus, but to surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior. To imitate Jesus is to look on Him as a man--the best of men. To surrender and obey Jesus is to look on Him as Lord and therefore Savior. "Jesus is Lord" was the earliest Christian creed, not "Jesus is Example." He is Example, but not first and primarily. Primarily Jesus is Lord and Savior, and then Example.

Dear God, may I find true spiritual power through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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