By Dr. Michael Layne
---- — 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
When you think of the word “power,” what comes to mind? Recently we had an event here in our county called, Power of the Past. The focus is on the farm machinery of a past era. People get a chance to see how steam powered engines work along with other equipment.
The amazing thing is these machines still work. They work because someone takes the time to work on them, refurbish and maintain the units to be in operating condition. They don’t maintain themselves. It takes a human being with the skills to know how each machine works. This person knows the machine inside and out.
This is much the same principle of our lives. When we have placed our trust in the Lord, He has given us opportunity to have a wonderful life. In our scripture this week we are told that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Much is said these days about child proofing our homes so the toddler doesn’t stick something in an electrical outlet and gets injured. The way my grandmother childproofed our home was, “Go ahead boy, go ahead and touch that hot stove. You’ll not do it again!” And, I didn’t. That gave me a healthy respect for hot stoves.
I also gained knowledge of power. I eventually learned that I had the power to make good decisions. I perceive that one of the problems in our society is that many have not taken the time to learn what their abilities are. They have not learned they have the power within them to say no to those things that are destructive.
Power is a wonderful thing, but only when used appropriately. Some of you lived through an era called World War II when there were leaders of nations who were power hungry and misused their power against their citizens and others throughout the world. We still have that mindset in the world today, and we call it terrorism.
Our Christian brothers and sisters in many nations are being persecuted. Entire church structures are being decimated. A few weeks ago, two priests were killed by the opposition to Christianity. One was shot to death and the other was beheaded.
The Christian has the power of the Holy Spirit to go through the stress of whatever persecution comes their way. Power, love and a sound mind: The three ingredients every Christian has available as they move forward with their faith.
For the Christian, we are given the power of the Holy Spirit so we can use our brains to think with a sound mind and understand how love can and should work through each of us. To be a practicing Christian means we are interactive with our faith. We share our faith in many ways.
Be interactive with your faith today. Share a good word with someone. Do a good deed. Find someone who is in need and see what you can do to help. You, as a believer, have been given the power to decide how you can help.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or at www.doclayne.com.