Can I really do all things through Him who gives me strength?

Column Post by Glenda Harbinson

“I’d rather walk on broken glass.”

I’ve said that before, usually to someone I’ve just hurt and never want to hurt again. I’d rather hurt myself physically than hurt that heart again.

I hurt someone today. I don’t always think before I act, and sometimes I take chances I really shouldn’t take. Several times I have said I would rather walk on glass than hurt him. Would I—walk on glass?  Seriously, though, someone who truly loves me would never allow that so it’s a rather foolish thought. But here’s where it leads me.

How much do I truly love JESUS? Would I walk on glass for Him? Would I take a whipping? Allow someone to cut off my head? Consider Mark: he was dragged through the streets behind a horse until he died. Do I love Him that much? John was boiled in oil, having no idea he would be rescued (and be the only one of the 12 to die a peaceful death). James was a man whose faith and life spoke volumes; the man who led James to his place of execution was so touched by James’ faith that he knelt beside him and was executed with him as a believer in Jesus Christ.

How much do I love Jesus? Would my faith convince another my God is so real that He is worth my beheading?

That is how much God loves me. His love for me cost Him His life. God the Father watched His son die an agonizing death for me. Jesus suffered the pain of the cross, the agony of our sins, and separation from His father—for me. For you. For us. 

“It’s the least I can do”.

I’ve heard it so often.  I don’t want to do the least I can do! I want to give Him my best. And through Him my best is HIS best!

Phil 4:13.  I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

My best is all; there is nothing He can’t do through me. He won’t lead me into something that He can’t lead me through.  We may walk through the fire as his disciples did, both in life and in death, but never does He leave us without a way of escape.

We can endure. There is JOY set before us when we come to eternity and we who have endured will hear, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.”

What Joy! All the sorrows we have to deal with now, all the people who walk out of our lives, the things we need and don’t have, the hurts that leave us in tears and begging for mercy—they will all be gone.

Would YOU walk on glass for your loved ones? For Jesus? How far does your love for Him reach?

Let Him have you. Build that relationship with Jesus Christ. Forget the knowledge you think you don’t possess, and get to know Jesus. It all falls into place from there.

 

P.S. We’d love to know your thoughts, so please be sure to comment below. Each of our commenters will be entered in a drawing for this month’s FREE book giveaway, Mothers & Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship by author Teena Stewart. 

Glenda is a homeschooling mom of four in New Brunswick, Canada. She also fosters one teen and provides respite care and tutoring for another. She and her paramedic husband Mark have been married for 24 years. Glenda’s writings often reflect her personal experience parenting and teaching children with developmental and learning differences, as well as a particular empathy for moms with chronic illness. She blogs at http://pwsmommy.homeschooljournal.net/ and can be reached by emailing glenda.harbinson@gmail.com

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One thought on “Can I really do all things through Him who gives me strength?

  1. Excellent post, Glenda … EXCELLENT!!! I’ve got a great section in my library on the martyrdom of the saints throughout the ages. Whenever I feel as though my LOVE & passion for the things of Christ are waning, it is a place I can go to get my courage & find heart to face the heat of the trials of life.

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