I Can Do All Things Through Christ
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). To be honest, that verse doesn’t give me comfort in those situations where, as my fellow millennials would say (or maybe not anymore, I can’t keep up), “I literally can’t even“. When I’m so dizzy I can’t hold my head up, or fighting an uphill battle so steep I know I will never get to the top.
So what does that verse mean, in those situations where I CAN’T?
What if it just means I can endure all? I can last? It will not be ruined in Christ. I cannot. I can stand it, because my hope is not of this world. We have to remember that the motivational coined verses of the Bible we extract were not written to help people realize their full potential, become successful, or “activate our full potential”.
The entire Bible cannot be read truthfully as self seeking at all. The Bible is Christ seeking, Christ dependent, and Christ glorifying. And most of those coined motivational verses were written by martyrs or saints that suffered greatly in God’s name. In fact, read in context “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” is not super hero-esque at all, it is Paul writing to the Philippians that he knows what it means to starve, to suffer, and to be brought low. And that is where Christ’s strength met him. Our comfort and “cans” are found not in the motivation to do better but in the sufficiency of Christ himself.
You can even. You may not be able to physically “can”, or mentally, or financially. But Christ’s hold on you is stronger still. And you CAN endure this life because you have a hope and a promise and a future in Christ, and an untarnishable hope in the Great I Am.