In The Untouchables, the great philosopher Sean Connery makes a comment about how unwise it is to bring a knife to a gunfight.
Connery’s son Indiana Jones demonstrated this in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I may or may not be correct about the family relationships there.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.—Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)
How ludicrous would you look if you defended yourself with a Nerf gun against people with real guns? And yet, that’s what we do in our lives when we try to accomplish things in our own strength.
When I try to resist sin with my own strength, I am feeble and fail.
When I try to endure trials with my own strength, I am frail and collapse.
When I try to do what I know I should do and I’m disconnected from God, it is inevitable that I will fail. It may not be immediate (in fact, immediate failure would be welcome, because false success feeds the ego), but it is assured.
Why? Because in my own strength, I am bringing a knife to a gunfight. In my own pride, I am the swordsman showing off my skills, while the enemy takes but a moment to roll his eyes and pull the trigger.
Let’s put away the Nerf guns and draw from true power, the power of God’s strength. If we want 2017 to be a blessed and successful year, we need to be strengthened by God’s might if we want our actions to be effective.