I am pondering on my “possible” theme for 2018 and the pursuit of a Heavenly Father who makes all things possible. I think about how He beckons me to believe Him for the impossible. After all the reality that I even call upon the name of Jesus and desire to involve Him in the chapters of my story is an impossible act. I didn’t seek Him but He sought me when I was striving and struggling to make sense of the pain in life and find purpose. At the very core of the Christian belief is a daily impossibility. God gave me faith when I had none (Philippians 1:29) and new life when I was unable to manufacture it on my own.
Ephesians 2:5 says we “even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” I fail to remember all the impossible ways God acted by granting me new life. I was dead in sin and incapable of generating spiritual life or desire in my heart. I had nothing in me that attracted God to me. Think about it. A dead person is not capable of persuading anyone or responding to anything. He gave me life and continues to renew my inner person daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). Breathing life into me over 20 years ago as, the Lord sustains me each day. The very fact that you and me believe in Jesus and want to follow Him means that we serve a God who makes all things possible.
With Easter drawing near, we are called to reflect on the torture and suffering of Jesus and then the vindication and validation through His resurrection. He was put to death for sin on the cross and came back to life after being placed in a tomb. Victory over the grave and death hits so close to home when a loved one passes away. I shared with some new friends a couple of days ago about my dear friend from high school who passed away from pancreatic cancer several years ago. How I relish the victory Jesus secured over sin and death which will give us an amazing reunion in His presence. How I praise the God who makes eternal reunions possible!
The God who makes all things possible shows Himself to us every day in our ability to connect to Him through Christ. As you feel prompted, join me in the following prayer.
Lord, renew our childlike wonder at the miracle of new birth in You. The way You show up in the impossibility of bringing those You created who are dead in sin to new life. Give us the ability to see others with Your eyes so that we do not consider any person out of Your reach. Do make “all things possible” in the hearts of those around us so they become new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). We will give you all the praise and thanksgiving this Easter!
I am confident you will find encouragement by reflecting upon April’s story about finding new life in Christ.