"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I'm thinking the apostle Paul is not imagining we're going to defy the gene pool, thinking lumpy, pasty, men are going to pole vault 20 feet through Christ, or thinking a student in college is going to get an A in quantum physics without ever cracking a book. But the apostle Paul is clearly thinking of some serious things we can do in Christ, who strengthens us, that pass by every person who is outside of Christ.
Illustration: G. K. Chesterton once said this: "Christians ought not to be better than other people ought to be. But they ought to be better than other people are." Why? Because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
I want to share with you some of the staggering things I feel quite sure the apostle Paul imagines we can do through Christ who strengthens us. This little verse is a piece of a larger section of verses in a letter Paul wrote to a gathering of Christians for whom he was particularly fond. Listen to another piece of that letter and see if you can pick up the things he thinks you can do through Christ who strengthens you:
I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to get along in the Lord. And I urge you, their brothers and sisters, to help these women, for they have struggled with me in the gospel along with Clement and the others who have their names written in the Book of Life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice! Let everyone know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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