Monday, January 10, 2011

Black Cats versus TNT and Faith

TNT is the standard measurement of explosive power, containing 4.7 megajoules of energy per kilogram. If you're like me that's rocket science, so let me put this into perspective. When an apple falls from a tree and strikes the ground, that is about 1 joule of energy. A megajoule is the power of 1 million apples falling from the tree and hitting you on the head, or the power of a one ton vehicle hitting you at 100 miles per hour.

Every boy's favorite firework, the Black Cat, is filled with flash powder, which is significantly less powerful than TNT.  While a Black Cat can do serious damage to the fingers of anyone dumb enough to hold one too long, it would take about 3,000 black cats to do the same damage as just one stick of TNT.

The promise of God in Acts 1:8 is really an answer to a misconception that his disciples had. They asked Him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"  (Acts 1:6) In essence, they were asking, "Lord, now that you've risen from the dead, are we going to be powerful again?"

His response was, "But you will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8) It was almost like He said, "You think your Black Cat is powerful. I'm going to send you dynamite."

Satan and the world want us to believe that our faith is the black cat and that "reality," as defined by them, is the TNT.  By and large, we seem to believe Satan and the world. We spend most of our days and most of our prayers trying to get stuff in this world, power that will keep us safe and comfortable. We must not settle for the kingdoms of this world when God offers us the power of His kingdom.