The Pastor’s Desk
October 19th, 2018
Over the last several months, I’ve heard people say, “Well that’s impossible!” How many of you have ever stated that something is impossible? Many of us probably have, but there is something about the word impossible that we need to understand.
Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.
So, I guess we could say, “Nothing is impossible!”
As we think about this quote, we should remember who is on our side. This also makes me think of two scriptures that can help us develop a better relationship with God.
In Matthew 19:26, Jesus Christ famously told His disciples that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” The Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:13, put it slightly differently when he declared, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
How many of us have those scriptures in mind when going through a difficult trial? If we believe that God is there for us, then we should come to the conclusion that nothing is impossible if we rely on God!
And yet, if we simply look at the flesh, we can say some things are impossible. Can you travel to Mars? Can you earn a doctorate in every possible field? Can you become an Olympic athlete in any and every sport? Can you save every person who is dying of cancer?
Again and again, the answer is “no”, these things are impossible for us. Does this mean that God’s word is wrong in the assertion that nothing is impossible? No! If we let the Bible answer the Bible, we see that all things truly will be possible for Christians if they draw close to God over their lives to seek after the true reward God offers His servants.
Interestingly, the Bible even uses boxing to deliver one of its very important lessons. The Apostle Paul, In I Corinthians 9:26-27 (NIV), though not condoning violence, uses the sport as an example of how a Christian should draw close to God by living with purpose:
“Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
If we, as God’s servants, imitate athletes (even boxers) in this way, God promises to reward us during the resurrection. Later, in I Corinthians 15:42-53, Paul tells us that the reward of the saints will be their resurrection to eternal, spiritual life, which is characterized by glory, power, and incorruption.
For those of us who accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and pursue our walk with God with greater determination than boxers, or any other profession that pursue their prize, we will have the reward of eventually becoming kings and priests at the resurrection, tasked with healing the world!
What will happen to the “impossible”? It will all change in the twinkling of an eye! Yes, you will be able to travel to Mars, master any subject and save those who are suffering from any ailment! You will even have a chance to teach all of mankind about true Christianity.
Although it can be easy to focus on what is impossible for the flesh to do, if we truly draw close to God and have faith in the promises He makes in the Bible, there is a day coming when we can truly say “Nothing is Impossible.”