“For he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised
worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles”
The Lord is working in us. He is working through us. With as much power and authority as He worked through the apostles.
The same Spirit dwells in each one of us who has believed in Christ, as He has dwelt in those of every generation of Christ’s church.
The Spirit of love, power, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). Pouring into us grace and gifts that we are to use for His glory, fulfilling our individually designed purpose as part of the body of Christ (Romans 12:4-6).
Sometimes I think we see those great heroes of the faith, or those around us who seem so strong and their prayers so effective, and we wonder if they have been given something more. If we are lacking something, and can’t reach whatever level they’ve attained. Assuming a place of lesser standing, and maybe wondering whether our prayers will be heard as much as theirs are.
Believer, may your heart rest assured today: you have not received less of Him. But perhaps, at times, we employ less of Him. Not seeking Him with our whole heart. Pursuing our own desires above His. Allowing doubt to weaken our faith and our prayers. Getting distracted by the world and neglecting to see our God at work around us.
Oh, may God open our eyes to see Him here. To recognize the Spirit within us, who is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). The Spirit that brings us faith powerful enough to overcome (Romans 12:3; 1 John 5:4). The Spirit who brings each of us into the good works that our God has prepared for us to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10).
Peter’s second letter begins with this greeting: “to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1b). If anyone would be elevated in standing, would it not be these who walked with Christ and were called into His ministry face-to-face? Yet those of us who have believed through their message are of equal standing with them. We have the same direct access to the Father, the sovereign God of all, because we have the same Savior who redeemed us to adoption as beloved sons, and the same Spirit who indwells us with the presence and wisdom and strength and power of God.
O Lord, may this be our courage, the uplifting of our heart. We are not alone today. We will not be defeated. Regardless of our past or our present, we do not walk in defeat, but in victory. Because the Spirit of the Most High God dwells within us, to will and to work for His good pleasure. Leading us into all truth. Guiding us in the way we should go. Producing within us that beautiful fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as we abide in Christ. Revealing to us those things that hinder our relationship with You, and declaring freedom and deliverance over us, because Christ is able to break every chain.
We can move undeterred into that to which You call us, because You will work through us to accomplish Your great purposes. And we can pursue righteousness, because You are working in us to purify our heart, renew our mind, and strengthen our faith – and You will faithfully complete Your work.