Over the past few weeks we have been exploring all of the impossible things that are possible with God. In the midst of such Power it can be comforting to have God on our side. Through him we can weather life's storms (Heb. 6:19). Through him we can have treasure that can never be taken away (Matt 6:20). Through him, we too are unstoppable (Romans 8:31b). But what's the point of such comfort? What purpose does this comfort bring for our lives? Is it as simple as Billy Bass sings to us; don't worry, be happy?
What if God's call for you and for me is to leave our comfort zones and join God in his work (Matt. 28:19)? What if God's call for us is to be uncomfortable? I'm uncomfortable with meeting new people. I'm uncomfortable with knocking on my neighbors door to bring up a sensitive topic like faith. I'm uncomfortable serving in new areas at church. But, what if that's what the Impossible God wants me to do?
God's Word says, "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Col. 3:1-2) Have you surrendered your life to God? Then, it sounds like it's time for us to follow God in to the uncomfortable!
I remember the first time I held a fire hose. I felt like I was a super hero. All of those years of spraying my brother and sister with the garden hose were just practice leading up to my Firefighter 101 training. I was born for this moment! Two seconds later… I was sitting on the ground, confused. I knew how to open a fire nozzle, but not how to open it SLOWLY. I forgot that fire hoses can flow hundreds of gallons of water per minute. You very seldom need to go straight to a full stream. First, you allow about the same pressure you would on a garden hose, then you adjust the sprayer, then you increase the pressure until you can hit where you're aiming. That's how you're supposed to do it.
Thinking about my embarrassment, I can't help but compare it to our new series, "The God of Impossibilities". Many of us casually approach God with our wishes: "let me get an A" or "don't let me hit this red light".
We don't realize the power that God wields.
Others blindly bite off more than we can chew financially, emotionally, spiritually, expecting God to just conform to our plans. In both cases we can end up flat on our butts, confused and embarrassed like I was the first day of firefighter training. We must learn how to handle God's Power in our lives. We have to treat Him with respect, we must practice, and we must learn how to handle ourselves since we have been indwelled with someone bigger than us! Several months after my failure with the fire hose I was able to help prevent a house fire from becoming a neighborhood fire. When you learn to wield God's power in your life, what do you think you will be able to do? I'd venture to say that anything would be possible.