In Matthew 17:20, Jesus says, "if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.'" I shared yesterday that I believe the word "nothing" in this verse doesn't mean "nothing without any exception." I believe it is limited by the context in which it is used.
Because of the context, it is better to understand it as "nothing God has called you to do." It means that when God calls you to do something, it will always be possible. It doesn't matter how large of a perceived obstacle stands in your way, it will be possible to accomplish the given task as long as you believe (trust) in Jesus Christ. The issue is not whether it is too big or too difficult, it is whether you are staying connected to Jesus. So then, the natural question that follows is this:
What Has God Called You To Do?
I do not want to discount that God calls some people to do things that He doesn't call other people to do. He gives different gifts of different degrees to different people. It is impossible for me to argue with someone who shares a story similar to Eric Liddell, who once said, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel his pleasure." He strongly believed that God called him to run.
God may have made you fast. He may have made you smart. He may have made you gifted in business. He may have made you athletic. He may have made you musically inclined. And all of these things are good and right. But I want us to get past the feelings and experiences that tend to dominate our thinking these days. All you have to do is watch the opening rounds of American Idol to see that some people believe God made them to sing and very clearly, He didn't. Whenever we begin to deal with our feelings and experiences, we open ourselves up to be wrong!
He may have called you to do something unique. I don't know that. But one thing I do know. I know what He has called you and me to be and do. We can find a whole host of things He has called us to be and do in the Bible. And these things are not up for debate. These are things we do not have to guess at. These are examples of things that we know for certain He has called us to, which means, they are possible as long as we have faith in Jesus Christ. These are things that are possible to achieve if we stay connected to Jesus. Here is just a small sampling of what could be many . . .
- Moral Purity
- Love & Honor Your Spouse
For sure, we could list many other things we are called to in the Scriptures. And so, the next time you are in a situation in which someone does something to you and you think, "There's no way I can forgive that person for what they have done." I want you to think of this text. God has called me to forgive others as He, in Christ, has forgiven me. Therefore, if I trust Him; if I believe in Jesus; if I stay connected to Jesus, forgiveness is possible. It may seem impossible, but it's not!
The next time you face a temptation that strongly pulls you away from moral purity, I want you to think of this. If you believe and trust in Jesus, you can say no and remain morally pure. "Nothing is impossible for you."