Whenever I look at my plan for accomplishing anything challenging, I often look at it in one of two ways. One, what can I do? What abilities or skills do I have to make this or that work successfully. And the second perspective is the spiritual approach, what can God do? For some reason these two thoughts often seem mutually exclusive. Rather than thinking I have to do it ALL on my own or thinking God will do it ALL, why not pair the two concept together.
I look at the story in the bible of Peter being called out of the boat by Jesus. Matthew 14:29 says [Jesus said] Come. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. After Jesus spoke to Peter and called him, Peter could have easily analyzed his personal limitations and said, Wait . . . I can’t do that. But as we know, he didn’t. In his strength, he moved towards the edge of the boat, picked up one leg at a time and stepped out of the boat. It was at THAT point, the supernatural kicked in and he walked on water. Regardless of what happened after that, Peter experienced the supernatural after he did what he could in the natural.
I believe God places abilities, knowledge and resources in every single one of us. Yes, I realize we have limits on each of those. But let me submit to you today that I believe we must exhaust what has inherently been placed inside us to the end of all of our options . . . then we’ll see God be the difference maker. Look at it through this track and field illustration. In a 4 x 100 relay, 4 people must be involved. Person 1 runs to the best of his ability 100 meters but must pass the baton to the next person to complete the task. Person 2 and 3 the same. At the close of the race, the 4th person, also known as the anchor, is the final person in the race. Hopefully he will make up the difference needed and accomplish success. I look at our journey as God being the anchor in a relay race. We must do ALL we can do to get to the end of our 100 meters, but realize God is there, with his hand out ready to receive the baton and finish what you and I can’t on our own.
When God puts something on your heart that seems too massive to comprehend let alone accomplish. Realize you’re not in this journey alone. Yes, you are required to get out of the boat, you are required to run your 100 meters but once you do the possible, you will see God be the God of the impossible.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us