The little bit of God’s omnipotence that he shares with you is called your will. You have free will. You can decide. You can choose. You can act.
There’s a hitch of course, and that is the fact that we are all omnipotent. We all have bits of God’s ultimate power within us and we therefore clash. My will clashes with yours and so forth, and that’s why there is so much suffering in the world. Little bits of omnipotence clash with other little bits of omnipotence.
The other hitch is that your omnipotence is dependent. It is derived from God’s omnipotence and without God’s omnipotence yours doesn’t work. In fact it doesn’t exist. It’s like my cell phone battery. It has power, but the power is dependent on the greater power. It has to be re-charged or better yet, if it remains plugged in it never runs out of power.
For your omnipotence to reach its full potential therefore, it needs to be plugged into God’s omnipotence. That’s what we mean when we say, “Thy will be done.” We’re plugging our power into God’s power. The object of the game is to do this all the time…to stay plugged in, not just check in from time to time to get the battery re-charged.
People who are plugged in 24-7 are saints. They run on God’s power. They have constant juice. They’re omnipotence is fused with his Omnipotence and therefore they can cry out with joy (and really mean it) “With God All Things Are Possible.”
Whoops, there’s another hitch. For this to really take effect we have to do more than pray, “Thy Will be Done”. We have to also do something which is scandalous in its absurdity and terrible to contemplate: we have to be obedient.
We must be obedient to the law of God–obedient to the law of God’s Church– obedient to the Sacred Scriptures — obedient to one another. In other words, to get the big Omnipotence we have to relinquish our little omnipotence.
Obedience??!! But that’s soooo un American! We’re used to having it our way. Submit? What on earth does that mean?
Here’s the really big hitch. Obedience is mandatory. It comes with the territory. It’s part of the deal with baptism and belief. Trust and Obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey. Remember that Sunday School song?
Even when it’s difficult. Especially when it’s difficult. After all, what virtue is there in being obedient to something you want to do anyway? Little Therese says with a mischievous glint in her eye, “What virtue is there in doing what is reasonable?” The really big challenge in the Christian way is to be obedient when everything around you screams that the demand is unreasonable, unrealistic, absurd and insane. The challenge is to be obedient when the whole of society tells you the action is ridiculous and even your family and friends think you’re going too far.
If we once take that kind of risk. If we will even once be such a radical disciple, then a miracle would take place. The world would be transformed before us. We would enter into a new way of seeing and a new way of being. The light would increase. The terrible travails of this world would fade. Our worries would vanish, our fears disappear and our joy would be full.
Our joy would be full and anything we ask for will be granted because we will only ever be asking for what is already God’s will because through obedience we have conformed our will to his Will.
At that point our omnipotence will be complete.
Omnipotence is your potential.
You should try it sometime!