I want to thank Joe in advance, for filling in for me next Sunday while I am away. I am sure that he will bring a wonderful lesson that will help us all in our walk with Christ. As I thought about people doing things for others, I was drawn to a question I have yet to consider when contemplating personal growth. Much of my attention has been in the area of our decision making; that is, what I need to do to grow. So, I began to ponder what He will do as I make those decisions, to help me on my journey.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV)
Although I mentioned this last week, I believe it is worth repeating, especially after reading this verse. This is one of the most widely quoted verses that is at times misused. You see, many quote this verse as they begin a journey of some kind, suggesting that their ability to complete it is a given, as long as they seek the strength of Christ. But the intent of this verse is not to suggest that God will provide the means to accomplish any goal; but rather, God will provide one strength in whatever circumstance that may occur during our Christian walk. The promise from God is STRENGTH; that is, to make strong, endue with strength. Listen to these intriguing words from the apostle Paul, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2nd Corinthians 12:10). The measure of one’s strength is not only seen by crossing the line, completing the task or reaching the intended goal: although that is always exciting and worthy of giving Him praise and acknowledging one’s accomplishment. At times, and maybe more than not, strength is measured in the day to day circumstances which are often out of our control, yet we trust in Him regardless.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (NKJV)
I have come to learn (and am still learning) the importance of being intentional in my walk with Christ. Setting goals, especially spiritual in nature, help us to move forward. Things like memory work, personal home bible study, attending bible class, worship, and the list can go on, are all opportunities for us to be intentional in our walk with Christ and foster an attitude and atmosphere for spiritual growth. But we also encounter circumstances, whether expected or not, that we need to journey through, almost on a daily basis. It is in these circumstances, where the goal is simply to be Christ during it, that we need to also seek His strength and know with certainty, that He will provide it. I can…we can…do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Praise God for being such a wonderful provider.