I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Ah, the battle cry of the believer. I can do all things!! We say it all the time. But do we believe it? Do we know what ALL really means?
When Paul wrote this line in his letter to the Philipians, he was in captivity. As Saul, he had been a favorite of the priests as a persecutor of the Church. He was a Pharasee with his own disciples. Here, as Paul, a man so changed by his salvation experience, his name changed; here he sits in a prison, a societal outcast, defending a practice that as a Pharasee, he had once killed followers to prevent its spread. Yes, Paul had learned that he could indeed do all things, including living as a humble servant with the same grace he showed as a celebrated leader.
Our discipleship journey crosses hills and valleys. Like the travels our Savior took throughout Judea and Galilee, we can expect mountains and canyons along the way. We may be praised as we enter one phase of our life, and find ourselves in isolation in the next. And our call is to know that regardless the of the circumstances, we can do all things through Christ. We can abase, and we can abound. We can be the lead, the middle, the tail end or even the left out. We can do whatever The Father needs us to do because when we move in obedience, we move through Christ.
We make this our call when we are challenged. I encourage you dear friends to also make this cry when you feel like the work is beneath you. Whether the Holy Spirit leads you to the pulpit or to the nursery, make this your battle cry. If the call is to preach or to vacuum the church after service, make this your battle cry.
Whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do, you can do through Christ. The practice, whatever it is, will strengthen you. And honestly, your obedience and willingness to yield are matters of life and death, eternally speaking (Matthew 25:46).
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31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Peace that passes all understanding be with you!
Evg. Stephanie Robinson
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