“I could never do that.”
- Run a mile.
- Lose 20 pounds.
- Forgive that person.
- Be honest with my friends about who I am.
- Love that person that trashed my reputation.
- Understand the Bible.
These are all things I literally thought I could never do. And I was right. I could never do them…alone. But I’ve done them. Other people helped me. Most importantly, Christ Himself helped me. I still put in a lot of effort, but I wasn’t alone. God was with me.
Some mistake Christianity as a religion that involves no effort. Actually, Christianity is a relationship that requires a lot of effort. But our effort is grounded in His power, not our own. God is with us. Literally. In fact, He is in us. Literally.
Here are just a few places we are called get to work, along with His promise to be working in us:
Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:18-20
Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. – Philippians 2:12-13
Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. – Hebrews 12:1-2
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Don’t be deceived into thinking that Christianity requires nothing of you. Just as importantly, don’t be deceived that Christianity requires you to do anything on your own. Do you really believe that it is possible to be yoked with Christ? Do you really believe that He is with you? Really? Then go out and do the thing He is asking you to do even thought it seems impossible. If He is asking you to do it, you can be sure He isn’t asking you to do it alone! Remember: “God is with me.”