Imagine you are at the base of a large mountain with two options for traversing it to the land beyond. One way provides certain defeat and the other, inevitable failure. Knowing this, most would say that they would opt for the victory plan. Maybe they would, but my guess is otherwise based on the story that history has told since man’s choice for independence apart from his Maker.
We are all wired with eternity in our hearts (Ecc 3:11). Adventure and victory are desired and reached for ardently. Yet the “power breaker” has switched internally, leaving us without power to succeed. The breaker must be switched back on for power to resume.
Apart from this power, mankind attempts to traverse the mountain, being filled with the same desire for adventure and victory and having all the wiring for eternity, yet being without the adequate power to succeed. So in pride we try anyway, just like the Israelites who decided they would go into the Promised Land apart from God’s power with them (Num 14:39-45). We try to climb the mountain without a clear trail, with no tools to make a trail, and with no nourishment to strengthen us. The end thereof we all know is death, yet mankind struggles on.
For those who choose to turn to the LORD, to return to the way of dependency, the power comes back into their eternal wiring, in the image of the One who created them (2 Cor 5:17). We still find ourselves in a world filled with do-it-yourself attempts to obtain abundant life and in a body that still wastes away, but there is renewal internally day by day. Learning to live from the power source, we begin to climb in the way that provides strength in the difficulty and joy in the adventure fraught with danger that cannot harm us as we stay with the power source of Christ in us. We see the trail up the mountain and are given the tools necessary to climb and the nourishment to strengthen us along the way. We traverse the mountain of this life with great anticipation, enjoying each step until we reach the land beyond, our heavenly home.
As those who are in Christ, we traverse this age in trust that the path will be made clear as we arrive at each new section and that the right tools will be provided along with the right nourishment. This does not always mean easy traveling with air conditioning and power steering, but it does mean there will be sufficient power to succeed as we depend on Him.
This imagery is given as a way to describe the journey of the Christian in this age. Paul spoke of this journey with these words,
who [Jesus] was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Rom 4:25-5:2).
We have been declared innocent and at peace with God through Jesus Christ, who took our offenses against God upon Himself—as God. This shows how much God is for our victory and wants us to live an eternal adventure with Him and He with us. Now that we are innocent and at peace, we daily have access to the riches of His grace to traverse and maneuver through each relationship and circumstance of life in which God is leading us.
We have access into all of the nature of God and to reflect that nature everywhere we go. Access means the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use. There is access available to the divine portal of the divine nature to participate with Him, in the world while being not of the world. The power source of the eternal One is always available to those who sincerely abide in Jesus. We will access this divine power consistently as we remain in the truth of our innocence before God and the peace we have with Him.
Here I provide a practical example: I am at work and it is time to transition from one activity to another, but I want to stay with what I am presently doing. Either way, I have to transition. So I have two options. I can hold steady to not transitioning internally as I move externally or I can relinquish control and transition both internally and externally. Not transitioning internally is the way of independence and pride and provides for missed opportunities to experience divine power and to release divine power. In this manner, I am so focused on my former task and cannot slow down enough to experience the beauty of those image bearers of God around me and to be conduit of God’s grace to them in word and action. But relinquishing control provides the way for the adventure to continue.
This process of accessing divine power happens multiple times along the journey and often in small ways every day. It is just like a hike up a mountain. There are many small choices made each moment of the hike that make up the overall adventure and the victory of reaching the summit.