"Every man's work shall be made manifest ... and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is" (1 Corinthians 3:13)
The only power God recognizes in His Church is the power of His Spirit whereas the only power actually recognized today by the majority of evangelicals is the power of man. God does His work by the operation of the Holy Spirit, while Christian leaders and believers, attempt to do theirs by the power of trained and devoted intellect. Bright personality has taken the place of the divine afflatus.
Everything that men to in their own strength and by means of their own abilities is done for time alone; the quality of eternity is not in it. Only what is done through the Eternal Spirit will abide eternally; all else is wood, hay, stubble.
It is a solemn thought that some of us who fancy ourselves to be important evangelical leaders and believers, may find at last we have been but busy harvesters of stubble!
Jesus has left us the same power which He possessed. He has bequeathed to the Church the very Holy Spirit that lived and worked in Him. Let us accept this mighty gift. Let us believe in Him and His all-sufficiency. Let us receive Him and give Him room.
~A. W. Tozer~