What we want, of course, is to be like Him. But the power of God is the miracle of others seeing in us, in the midst of our pressures and trials, the character and the life of Jesus. I have always been amused and challenged by the verse in Colossians 1, where Paul prays that his friends in Colosse may be
strengthened with all power according to his glorious might (Colossians 1:11a). What are they going to use all this power for?…
It sounds as though Paul ought to say,
So that you can go about doing great miracles; so that you can astonish people with the tremendous magnetism of your preaching and teaching and be followed by great crowds. But that is not what he says. He says,
I pray that you may be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience (Colossians 1:11). That is what takes power; that is where the life and the power of God is manifest. That is the
life of Jesus.
As you read through the gospels, the Spirit of God brings to your mind’s eye a far more beautiful and wonderful picture, perhaps, of Jesus’ character and life. You see His compassion of heart, His moral beauty that attracted people everywhere He went. You see the serenity of His spirit, how He moves through every scene of anger and unrest with calmness and quietness. You see His disciplined will and His obvious joy in living. That is the
life of Jesus, and that is what we want, isn’t it?