“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth, I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.” – Ephesians 3:14-16
Whether it is movies, high school pep rallies, locker room moments, or rally cries, throughout history, there are these moments that have motivated men to do something great. These rally-cry moments have empowered people to achieve the improbable and to experience the impossible.
But what I want you to see today is that sometimes, the power we need to move forward…the power we desire to do more or experience more…isn’t achieved by getting LOUD; it’s relieved by getting LOW.
In Ephesians 3:14-16, Paul pivots, and as he changes his tone, we see the rally die down. Instead of going high and getting loud, Paul gets low. But what I want you to see is that by repositioning his posture, he was preparing for a greater power.
The Scripture says, “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth, I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.”
At this point, Paul had rallied the troops. He had shown them who they were. But he understood that before troops head into battle, they need more than encouragement; they need empowerment.
Listen, I can motivate a flashlight to shine light all day long. I can “whoop and holler,” yell and scream at the flashlight all day long. “Go be light! Light up the darkness!” But let me tell you something: Until that flashlight has a battery…
Until it has a power source that is capable of giving that flashlight what it needs to accomplish its mission. It will never shine like it was designed to shine. In the same way, if we are going to accomplish our mission and shine like we were designed to shine…we need more than encouragement…we need empowerment!