“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
Matthew 9:28 (NIV)
E. Stanley Jones once wrote, “Alongside my disability stands His ability. I shall exchange.” The truth is the greatest abilities that I have are still clumsy and awkward when compared to the abilities of Christ. Despite magnificent dexterity, how many times have I fumbled God’s plan for my life? Though quick and agile, how often have I fell face first into the dust of humiliation. Honestly, my greatest feats of strength are really quite frail, while my human wisdom is nothing more than foolishness in God’s eyes.
As human beings, it is often too painful for us to admit our handicaps. Especially when we think that we do not have any. However, we must understand that we, as mortal humans, do have limitations. On the other hand, God has no limitations. What is impossible with us is possible with Him.
It is amazing to look at the things we keep and the things we surrender to Christ. At Calvary’s cross, I traded my sin for His righteousness. Through the New Birth, I swapped a second death for eternal life. I exchanged the old man for a new man. Yet, when it comes to ability, I want to cling to my mortal inadequacies and try to use them to accomplish His eternal purpose.
After all, if I rely on my abilities, then I can say, “Look what I have done.” How foolish the notion! We should learn from King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:29-32).
As a man, I must realize that when I am not able, then He is able. When my vision is hinder, He still sees the end from the beginning. Even when I possess the ability, God is always better equipped. Thank God for the abilities that He has given me, but they are enhanced so much more when I place them in His hands.
Come to think of it, an exchange in the arena of abilities makes perfect sense. Maybe that is why Paul was able to say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV).
Written by James C. Marse. Copyright © 2011.