The Impossible Standard [Matthew 19]

21Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 22But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. 23And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24"Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
25When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?" 26And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

The Christian life is impossible. Jesus said it pretty clearly in the verses above. Although He was talking about getting saved, it is also true concerning living the Christian life. I heard those words from the pulpit the first and last time some 20 years ago. At that time, God had me in such a weak place that those words not only resonated in my mind, but they pierced my heart and I knew they were true. I had been trying to act like a Christian with all my strength and without much success. This sermon by a visiting pastor was a turning point for me. It took a while to figure out how to stop trying and to let God do the impossible through some really painful stuff, but that's another story. Over the years I have been learning to let God do the impossible through me. When I am surrendered, He is faithful to do amazing things in my life.

May you grow in surrendering to the God of the impossible and see His amazing power work through your life.
Beth Warlick, 1/22/2009