I know, I know. Philippians 4:13 is one of those almost “over” quoted verses. Even if you don’t know the reference, you know the verse.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
For years, I’ve been guilty of passing and brushing off these powerful ten words from Paul’s letter.
“That’s a newbie verse. Is that really true? I mean, I know it’s in the Bible, but still… All things??”
Last December, I had what was look to be a stretching, slightly overwhelming weekend ahead of me and I was discussing it with a friend of mine. He told me to remember that as Christians, we can do all things through the strength of Christ inside us. We on our own are so weak and so incapable, but the Holy Spirit is inside us, which means His strength is inside us. How amazing is that?!?
We discussed this for several minutes, and it totally gave me a new perspective on that verse. I mulled over these words for several hours that night, thinking of them as this-could-be-overwhelming weekend started in my life.
God wouldn’t let these words leave my heart.
Finally, I found a note card and wrote them- letters swirling across the page. I then hung this card on the refrigerator where it reminded me constantly over the next three days, all things. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Since that conversation, I’ve thought so often about that simple phrase. All things. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. So many situations have been strengthened by the simple words. My friend and I remind each other of them anytime we’re in a challenging situation; big tests, long days when we’re at the theater from 9AM to 3AM performing two shows and striking, huge spiritual battles, or just a hard day. I’ve picked up that notecard, traced the letter so many times.
He lives in me.
These words can help us cook one more dinner, have one more hard conversation, drive to one more place- anything- if we just claimed them and believed- believed in their power, in their truth, in the way that they proclaim Christ is in us and that we don’t have to be afraid, that we can accomplish anything in his desire for us just by accepting his strength in our lives.
Think about it once more.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
How will you live like you believe it today?