DayBreaks for 4/30/19: What God Alone Can Do
Every day we ask others if they can do this or that thing for us. It’s normal and necessary that we learn to lean on and get help from one another. There are, after all, things which we can’t do either because we lack the knowledge, skill, time or strength to do them. And so we ask, “Can you help me carry this?” or “Can you help me figure this out?” Such moments, rather than frustrating us, should help us learn to appreciate others rather than resent them for asking.
Still, there are many things we simply cannot do as humans. We cannot create even a single celled animal out of nothing. God can. We can’t calm a raging storm in order to save lives. God can. We can’t direct the course of human events (not even of our own lives). God can. We cannot give sight to the blind by rubbing mud on unseeing eyes. God can.
Those are all fantastic things and we are in awe of them. Justly so. But they really are of limited consequence. Jesus didn’t heal all – while those who were healed had their life changed forever, there were others who were blind in Jesus’ times who weren’t healed. Only a limited number experienced the stilling of the storm.
But we have all the same need when it comes to being holy and blameless. We struggle to be holy. We struggle to live a blameless life. And if we will admit it or not, we have succeeded at neither holiness nor blamelessness. We simply can’t. It’s enough to make one despair of ever seeing God. And that’s why this passage is so very, very important: May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it. (1 Thes. 5:23-24)
Note very carefully what those verses say:
FIRST: It is God Himself who sanctifies us. We don’t, and can’t sanctify ourselves. And He doesn’t just sanctify us a bit, but “through and through.” Why does God do that Himself? Because He knows we can’t, so He assigned Himself the task.
SECOND: Our entire spirit, soul, and body will be kept blameless when Jesus comes…because …the One who calls you is faithful and HE will do it. We don’t, and can’t, keep either our spirit or our soul or our body (let alone all three!) blameless. Why does God do that Himself? Because He knows we can’t, so He assigned Himself the task.
Making people holy and blameless is God’s job, for it truly is a God-sized task. It requires skills and wisdom and strength that we won’t ever have possess. I can choose to cooperate with God in this venture, but I can’t make it happen. Thank God I don’t have to make it happen! Thank God that He will!
Prayer: What great news this is, God, that You are in charge of making us holy and blameless before You, and for this great promise that You will do exactly that for those who put their faith in Christ! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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