Power Unleashed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”

Romans 1:16b

When we hear the word “power,” what comes to mind? Maybe we think of political influence, physical strength, or technological advancements. But in this verse, Paul speaks of a different kind of power – one that transcends human capabilities and transforms lives at their very core. The gospel, he says, is “the power of God that brings salvation.”

This isn’t just flowery language or religious hyperbole. Paul is making a bold claim about the tangible, life-changing impact of the gospel message. The Greek word used here for power is “dunamis,” from which we get our word “dynamite.” It implies an explosive, effective force. This power isn’t passive or merely potential; it’s active and transformative.

But what does this power look like in real life? It’s the power that can take a hardened heart and soften it with compassion. It’s the force that can break chains of addiction and set people free. It’s the energy that can heal deep-seated wounds and bring reconciliation to broken relationships. This power brings hope where there was despair, purpose where there was aimlessness, and life where there was spiritual death.

The beauty of this power is that it’s not limited to a select few. Paul emphasizes that it brings salvation “to everyone who believes.” There are no prerequisites of moral perfection, intellectual prowess, or social standing. This power is available to all who put their trust in Christ.

Tim Keller, in his book “The Reason for God,” captures this idea beautifully: “The gospel is not about choosing to follow advice, it’s about being called to be changed by a loving God.” This change isn’t just about behavior modification or adopting a new philosophy. It’s about being fundamentally transformed from the inside out by the power of God.

However, it’s important to note that this power doesn’t usually manifest as a sudden, dramatic zap that instantly solves all our problems. More often, it works gradually, like a seed growing into a mighty tree. It’s the power that gives us strength to face another day when we’re struggling. It’s the force that slowly reshapes our character, molding us more into the image of Christ. It’s the energy that empowers us to love others sacrificially, even when it’s difficult.

This power is not just for our personal benefit. As we experience God’s transforming work in our lives, we become channels of that same power to others. Our changed lives become living testimonies to the reality and effectiveness of the gospel. We may not always feel powerful, but God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness, as Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Understanding the power of the gospel should fill us with both humility and confidence. Humility, because we recognize that this power comes from God, not from our own efforts or abilities. Confidence, because we know that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in us (Ephesians 1:19-20).

This power is not just a one-time event at the moment of salvation. It’s an ongoing reality in the life of a believer. Each day, we have the opportunity to tap into this divine power source, allowing it to shape our thoughts, guide our actions, and transform our relationships.

Experiencing the power of the gospel should also fill us with a sense of anticipation and hope. If God’s power can bring about such significant change in our lives and in the lives of others, what else might He do? This power gives us the courage to dream big, to pray boldly, and to step out in faith, knowing that we’re not relying on our own limited resources, but on the infinite power of God.

Godseekers, as you go about your day, remember that you carry within you the most powerful force in the universe – the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may not always feel it or see it, but it’s there, working in and through you. Let this truth embolden you to face challenges, love others, and share your faith with confidence.


Almighty God, we stand in awe of Your power – the power that created the universe, that raised Christ from the dead, and that is at work in our lives today. Help us to fully grasp the magnitude of this power and to live in light of it. May we be conduits of Your transforming power in the world around us. Give us eyes to see Your power at work, even in unexpected ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. In what areas of your life do you most need to experience God’s power right now?
  2. Can you recall a time when you witnessed the power of the gospel bringing about significant change in someone’s life (including your own)?

Step of Faith

This week, identify one area in your life where you’ve been relying on your own strength. Make a conscious decision to surrender this area to God, asking Him to work His power in that situation. Keep a journal of how you see God’s power manifesting in small or large ways as you learn to rely on Him more fully.

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