Not by Our Strength, but by God's Spirit

Dick Nieusma, Jr.

READ : Zechariah 4:1-9

Soon after my wife Ruth and I-a U.S. Army dentist -arrived in Tokyo, we started an English Bible class, thinking that as Christians it would be a nice thing to do. But we were not prepared for what God would do in the lives of several students. When Hara-San came one Sunday morning and said, “I have decided to accept Christ as my Savior and be baptized,” we realized that this was not our doing at all. It was the Holy Spirit who had worked in his heart and made this change.

Through this experience we saw clearly that our responsibility as Christians was simply to share our faith, knowing that God would work in people’s hearts. This experience also encouraged us to volunteer for mission service, knowing that we don’t have to be spiritual giants. We can just share the Good News and leave the results with the Lord.

When we feel that friends and loved ones need to submit to God, should we try to change them with our supposed superior knowledge, logic or plans for them? Isn’t it better to put them in God’s hands, praying that his Spirit will touch and direct them?


Lord, give us your Spirit to empower our witness. Amen.