I was driving around town this past week and spotted a saying on a Golden Rule Brake signboard, “It’s not about my ability, it is about my response to God’s ability.” this got me thinking about something Paul wrote. When Paul was writing to the church in Corinth he told them to think about who they were and what they were doing when God called them into His family (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). He wrote, “Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became God-given wisdom for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.”
Aren’t you glad the apostles didn’t focus on their own abilities as a motley crew of fishermen, tax collectors, rebels, and professionals? Aren’t you glad that Peter stood up on the Day of Pentecost and told the crowd about Jesus? He could have given himself a hundred reasons to not preach. After all, he was just a fisherman, a dock-worker, an uneducated commoner. It would have been so much more like him to have said to the people who thought the disciples had already been drinking at nine-o’clock, “So, what if we are! (Acts 2:13-15)”. But instead of only considering his abilities, what he could do, he focused on what God could do. He responded based on the power that had raised Jesus from the grave. He responded to the crowd based on God’s ability, not his own.
By ourselves we do not amount to much. By ourselves we are limited. And even though our own abilities may be lacking—with God we can do anything and everything He wants us to do (Philippians 4:13).
Please send me your thoughts or comments…God Bless you.