True Christian Strength Revealed (Eph 3:16-17)
Strength is something we all need in order to get things done. The strength mentioned in Ephesians 3:16-17 refers to the Christian’s spiritual strength and not physical strength. As Christians, we will face tribulations and will suffer for Christ’s sake. As such, we need true Christian strength to help us through these difficult times.
True Christian strength is a gift from God (Eph 3:16a) upon our salvation, and it stems from God’s glory. We cannot work for it or earn it. This giving of strength to Christians by God will not weaken His strength at all as it is “according to the riches of his glory” (Eph 3:16a). He will give us sufficient strength to deal with our tribulations and overcome our difficulties. It is an invisible spiritual strength that will keep us in the path of holiness. Thus, we can continue to be holy witnesses for God.
This strength is located inside us as it is from the Holy Spirit working in our inner man. This strength can only be found in a Christian, and not in an unbeliever. It will help give us the courage to face our trials and convict our hearts to not compromise on God’s truth during persecutions. Hence we must protect and guard it so that we will not fail the Lord in whatsoever circumstances we may be in. As we mature in the faith, our tribulations will increase, in number and intensity. Thus, we need to increase this strength to help us hold on to God’s truth. We can do this by studying the bible continuously and meditatively, so that we will not compromise or fall into sin.
The source of this strength is the Word of God and His doctrines. The Word of God must dwell in our hearts and convict us to obey Him. It will give us the strength and courage to hold on to the truth of God and be His shining light in this world to bring the lost to the knowledge and saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, we must keep studying God’s Word for this strength to dwell permanently in our hearts, so that we will be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ. This will prevent us from becoming weary in the midst of trials. We can then hold on to our faith in Christ and continue to be a holy witnesses for God with cheerfulness and in joy.