Tuesday, May 26, 2020
by Dr. Paul Chappell
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
In 1945, Gunder Hagg of Sweden set a new world record, running the mile in 4 minutes and 1 second. Over the next nine years, numerous athletes tried to better than mark, but all of those attempts failed. When Roger Bannister finally turned in a time of 3 minutes 59 seconds in 1954, it was hailed around the world as a remarkable achievement. The barrier that had sometimes been called unbreakable had been broken. The very next month John Landry beat Bannister’s time by more than a full second. Once the barrier fell, numerous other athletes ran the mile in under four minutes.
Every day we face obstacles and barriers that sometimes seem to be insurmountable. Looking at the world in our own strength can leave us in despair and cause us to give up. But we do not run the race as Christians on our strength. It is God’s strength that enables and equips us to succeed at the tasks to which He has called us. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
The power of God that is available to us as His children is far beyond our ability to comprehend. It is greater even than our wildest imaginations. That is the power which He has promised to those who set out to glorify Him and advance His Kingdom. His power—the power that is unparalleled—is the power that works in our lives. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
Today’s Growth Principle:
No obstacle can prevent a Christian who is living and working in God’s power from fulfilling God’s purpose.