The Source of Our Power

…so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 4:11c

Imagine you’re holding a lamp. It’s a beautiful lamp, intricately designed and perfectly crafted. But no matter how stunning it looks, if it’s not plugged in, it can’t fulfill its purpose. It won’t shed any light. This simple image captures a profound truth about our spiritual gifts and the source of our power to use them effectively.

In our verse today, Peter is wrapping up his thoughts on how we should use our gifts, whether in speaking or serving. And he points us to the ultimate source of our power – God Himself. The phrase “so that in all things God may be praised” isn’t just about the end result of our service. It’s a reminder that God is the power source that enables our service in the first place.

Think about it. We might have incredible gifts – the ability to speak persuasively, to lead effectively, to show compassion deeply. But without being connected to God, these gifts are like that unplugged lamp. They might look impressive, but they lack the power to truly illuminate and transform.

This idea of God as our power source isn’t new. Throughout Scripture, we see this theme repeated. David, the warrior king, acknowledged, “It is God who arms me with strength” (Psalm 18:32). The prophet Zechariah declared, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). And Jesus Himself told His disciples, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

But what does it practically mean for God to be the source of our power? It means that our effectiveness in using our gifts doesn’t ultimately depend on our talent, our effort, or our circumstances. It depends on our connection to God. Just as a branch can only bear fruit if it remains connected to the vine, we can only effectively use our gifts if we stay connected to God.

This truth is incredibly liberating. It frees us from the pressure of trying to make things happen in our own strength. It releases us from the anxiety of feeling like everything depends on us. Instead, it invites us into a place of restful dependence, where we can serve from a position of strength – not our own strength, but God’s limitless power flowing through us.

Recognizing God as our power source also keeps us humble. When we see good results from our service, we’re less likely to become prideful because we know that any effectiveness comes from God, not from our own abilities. As Paul reminds us, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).

But how do we stay connected to this divine power source? It’s not about trying harder or doing more. Instead, it’s about cultivating a lifestyle of dependence on God. It involves spending time in prayer, not just talking to God but listening for His guidance. It means saturating our minds with God’s Word, allowing His truth to shape our thoughts and actions. It requires ongoing surrender, continually yielding our will to His.

Staying connected also involves regular self-examination. We need to be aware of anything that might be disrupting our connection to God – unconfessed sin, misplaced priorities, or simply the busyness of life that can crowd out our time with Him. Just as we quickly notice when our phone is unplugged and losing battery, we need to be attuned to the state of our spiritual connection.

Godseekers, as we use our gifts this week, let’s be mindful of our need to stay plugged into our divine power source. Let’s approach each task, each interaction, each opportunity to serve with a conscious dependence on God’s strength. May we discover the joy and effectiveness that come from serving not in our own power, but in the limitless power of our Heavenly Father.


Gracious God, we acknowledge You as the source of all our gifts and the power to use them effectively. Forgive us for the times we’ve tried to operate in our own strength. Help us to stay deeply connected to You, drawing constantly on Your power and wisdom. May our service be a channel for Your power to flow into the world, bringing light, hope, and transformation. And may all the praise and glory go to You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. In what areas of my life or service do I find it most challenging to depend on God’s power rather than my own?
  2. How might my effectiveness in using my gifts increase if I were more consistently “plugged in” to God as my power source?

Step of Faith

This week, choose one area of your life or service where you’ve been relying on your own strength. Commit to consciously “plug in” to God’s power in this area. Each time you engage in this activity, pause to acknowledge your dependence on God and invite His power to work through you. At the end of the week, reflect on any differences you noticed in your experience or effectiveness.

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