Remember the Power You Have
One of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most difficult tasks in training Luke Skywalker to be a true Jedi knight was to help him access all his resources. “Use the Force, Luke!” Obi-Wan would exhort him. We all know that this talk of “the Force” is just space mythology cooked up by George Lucas, right? You don’t have a Force within you.
Or do you? George Lucas was perhaps closer than he realized to a powerful truth of authentic Christianity: the third person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit, comes to live within the hearts of all believers when they are baptized. Scripture promises that your baptism is a washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is power from God for thinking, saying, and doing things that are pleasing to God.
The Spirit brings you God’s wisdom from heaven through his wonderful Word. The Spirit also brings you God’s power to act on what you know. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding . . . and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
Use the Force.
We all have doubts and uncertainties about many things, and with those comes a tension between trusting God and also taking personal responsibility. It’s from wanting a childlike faith but needing to be a grown-up Christian.
We can trust God and take responsibility for our choices and actions at the same time. In this book, the author encourages you to think deeply about what it means to trust God and at the same time use the gifts and blessings that he has given you to act according to his will.
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