Are You a Nibbler of the Possible?
Or Are You a Grabber of the Impossible?
by Veritas Vita 777
I love this statement from British missionary Charles Thomas (C.T.) Studd. When I saw this quote today, it made me think. Am I just a nibbler of the possible or am I a grabber of the impossible?
“Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible.” – C.T. Studd
I consider myself to be a glass half-full type of person. I always choose to see the silver linings in life. My spouse always sees the facts. That has led to some interesting discussions and arguments through the years. However, I digress. That’s a story for another day.
That quote from C.T. Studd starts with “Christ wants…” and that leads to me thinking about my personal level of faith. Do I trust God enough? Sure, I’ve faltered in my faith many times throughout my life as a Christian. Generally speaking, I feel that I have a strong faith in the Lord. My faith has been tested many times. I’ve had to wait many times up to the last minute before an answer to prayer came.
In taking an introspective look at my faith journey with the Lord, I can honestly say that God has always provided. I know that there are still things on my ‘wish list’ in life. But, I know God is not at my beck and call. He provides for all my needs, not all my wants. There is a big difference.
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Phil. 4:19-20, NKJV)
I want to be a grabber of the impossible not simply a nibbler of the possible in my life as I walk with the Lord.
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:1-8, NKJV)
I Corinthians 5:7 – for we walk by faith, not by sight – is a well-known Bible verse. People sometimes take this verse out of context and talk about it simply on the faith aspect of the verse. I’ve been guilty of that in the past. That’s why I wanted to include the entire section where this verse is found (2 Cor. 5:1-8). In this passage, Paul is discussing the Assurance of the Resurrection. “Sight means appearance. Christ is not physically present, so believers live by faith.” (Source: TNSB) In John 20:29, Jesus told Thomas that those who believe in Jesus – without having seen Him – are blessed. Thomas believed by physically seeing Jesus.
Faith is an integral part of the Christian walk. You need to have faith that Jesus died for your sins on the cross, was resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. You must have faith when you read the Bible, spend time in worship, and pray to God in the name of Jesus. You need to have faith that He has a plan for your life (See: Jer. 29:11-14) and will work all things out for your good (See: Romans 8:28).
I am committing myself to walk more by faith and less by sight in the future. I hope you can commit to the same thing – if you want to grow spiritually in your walk with the Lord.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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