Are you a mouse?

I switched my laptop on and tried using the mouse, but the cursor wouldn’t appear on the screen. Fortunately I quickly realised that the mouse wasn’t connected to the computer and it wouldn’t matter how much I moved it, nothing would happen. I have heard people liken God’s power to a water pipe with a tap. You can only get water out of the pipe if you open the tap. But how do you get the water into the pipe in the first place? With my mouse it’s easy, it has been designed to receive power from the computer the moment it is connected and it can operate. It sounds a little back to front because the mouse has a job it has to do and it adds to the functionality of the programs, but it cannot function if it doesn’t receive the power from the computer. It’s like a two way street. The computer can function without the mouse, but when the mouse is connected the computer is easier to use. But the mouse is useless if it isn’t plugged into the source. Even though it has batteries, it is worth nothing without the computer.
We are like mice, or is it mouses? According to the dictionary both forms are acceptable. If the Kingdom of God is the computer, and God is the power source, we are the mice. I suppose I’d rather be a mouse than a rat. Just think of it. God has all the power and He can do anything and everything. But He gave us dominion over the earth and authority over demons and the power to heal the sick. God chose to do that. But we have to be connected to the power source to be able to appropriate the dominion and the authority which He gave us.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2, As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, not is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
This is the answer. Salvation is the beginning of a wonderful adventure. Paul says, “Now is the time of God’s favor.” I thank the Lord that when Paul said it, it wasn’t limited to that time. I am so grateful that I accepted the offer of eternal life that God made. I would have been so lost and such a mess without it.
Being plugged into the power source means that I am not only able to draw on the power which the Father is supplying, but I can also enhance the functionality of God’s Kingdom. Even if it is ever so slightly.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, The body is a unit though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part, but of many.
V18, But in fact God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be.
V26-27, If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
I can’t tell all my fellow mice that I am a super mouse and that God loves me more than He loves them. I can’t tell another believer that because God has given me different gifts from what He has given them, that I am special and somehow in a higher position to them. That would just be wicked, totally unacceptable, and prove that I, in fact am not worth very much at all. We ought to embrace and develop the gifts that God has given us with humility and with gratitude. We need to recognise every opportunity to use those gifts to the glory of God and to the advantage of the Kingdom so that the good news of the Gospel can reach the ends of the earth.