Think you can’t learn Chinese? Think you’re not smart enough or for some reason there’s a mental barrier preventing you from mastering that difficult language?
Over 1 billion people on the planet today have done it and thousands of babies born today will do it. There’s no reason to think you can’t join them. You have the same mental capacity as they do.
For some reason people accept artificial limits on their capabilities in every area of their lives. This same limiting mentality carries over into our Christian lives as well. Deep down we believe we can’t do this or haven’t been called to do that, so we shouldn’t even try – it’s not possible.
But Phillipians 4:13 tells us something different. Here Paul wrote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The key to this verse is the word “strengthens.” Why would Christ strengthen us if he didn’t expect us to do something? The reason he gives us strength is so we can put forth the extra effort and do the hard work. Otherwise this verse would say “I can do all things through Christ who will do it for me.”
And here is the difference between the person who makes things happen and the one who doesn’t – hard work. Feeding the hungry is hard work, but God has strengthened Community Kitchen to do it. Clothing the naked is hard work, but God has strengthened Community Closet to do it. And planting other churches will definitely be hard work, but God has already proven faithful to his word that he will strengthen us to do it.
Maybe you think you can’t teach kids or adults. Maybe you think your past keeps you from moving forward. Maybe you think you can’t minister to others. Maybe you think whatever is on your heart to do is too difficult to pull off. If so, you’ve bought into the artificial limit that as a Christian you can’t do it. But the reality is all these limits are bogus. Today is a good day to realize nothing is outside the limits of Christ’s strength in us.
Live The Mission,