“With [man] it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”
– Matt 19:26 & Mark 10:27
Home – a place to be vulnerable.
And, this blog is my home on the web, one of my little corners of the online universe, so please, allow me to be vulnerable.
This passage is often used – and gives a great picture of our limitations that clearly don’t apply to God.
Now, so as not to take this verse out of context: when Jesus speaks here, He speaks of salvation. Something we cannot have on our own, but something we have by the Grace of God: sola gratia.
In this passage, Christ points out one of the biggest barriers to salvation: wealth – a lack of need, a presence of comfort. If you think you’re all set, you don’t need Christ. If you are comfortable where you are, you will be less likely to move.
This is what Paul addresses in Philippians 4:13, another verse often taken from context:
“I can do all [this] through Christ who gives me strength”
I like this version, because the “all things” we often quote, has less to do with being able to do whatever we want, and has more to do with learning how to rely on Christ at all times. Paul has just finished describing that he has lived through wealth and poverty, sickness and health. Good times. Bad times. Yet, because of Christ, he has been able to be content in all situations. Not on his own, but because God made it possible.
This evening, I was looking back over old pictures, and thinking about times in high school & college. Old insecurities began to flood me – magnified by current unrest in my life. I felt the old hatred I had for myself & the depression try to creep in. Negative thoughts about my appearance, personality, choices. That, I’ll just be this way forever…but I refused to give in to those thoughts, because,
Here’s what I know for my own life, by looking at these verses:
Right now, I have about $100 left to my name after this month’s bills, unless I find a job soon. But, even if that is my reality, history indicates that God will sustain me through it.
Right now, my dream of home is having to shift & change. I don’t have what I thought I’d have by now – single, no apartment or house of my (our) own. But, God is teaching me that home is Him. That, I carry it with me wherever I go.
Right now, I am still in that Chronically Single phase of life. But, so much beauty has been/is being created in this stage of life. He is teaching me more & more each day to make Him my focus.
My life was once a disaster. Depression followed me anywhere. I had no idea how to get out, and at a point, death seemed like it might be an option. But God –God brought me out. He has turned it all to beauty. And, even though it’s not what I thought I wanted, not the comfort, wealth, and everything I thought I wanted, it’s an amazing life. He has redeemed me to Himself. My future is in Him.
See, it’s about God’s redemption.
Without God, none of it happens. Without God, I have no life. Literally, my life would have been over.
But, even now, in tough times, He is still my provider, my sustainer, my redeemer, my everything.
And, if there was any question, Paul addresses this further in Philippians 4;19
“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Do I think this means God will make me rich? Of course not.
But, it means that God will take care of me in His way and His time, I need only be still and rely on Him, knowing He is God.
So, what does this have to do with Home? Honestly, for me, I’m still learning. For you, I’ll let you connect the dots where you need them.
Just remember, He is the redeemer, the provider, the sustainer…He is everything.
He is home.