The other day I was discussing something related to church life with a friend, and he said, ‘They are operating from their default setting.” There is a basic problem with our default setting, however. We all default to the “flesh”, or to “self”, however you might want to say it. Think about it for a moment, self-centered, selfish, self sufficient, self-righteous, self focused. Jesus told us we need to “die to self”.
In Matthew 3:11 John the Baptizer says, “As for me, I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” We are limited by our human ability. Jesus, on the other hand, has no limitation. We can only baptize with water. Only He can give the Holy Spirit to indwell us and to empower us.
There is absolutely no way to do the work of God from our default setting. It is at the point we come to the end of ourselves that we can depend fully upon God and experience the move of God through us. It matters not what part of our lives we apply this to. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” I often hear people say, “I know God can, but . . .” There should be no “but” in that statement. There is a significant “but” however that needs to make up our heart and will. I am able to do such and such, but He can. . . Until we come to the end of ourselves, we are not prepared for the movement of God through us.