Deep in the recesses of a man heart, as he moves through life’s paths and stands before challenges, often lurks the question – “Can I really get this done?”. As he goes to take the test for his driver’s license…enrolls in college… , on his wedding day… , as the babies come along… , comes that question – “Can I do it?… or will I fail?”.
Thoughts like these come to them as men make decisions in life and I’m sure women struggle with such too.
Some, in the face of this question, sabotage their future by running away from responsibility or by self-medication through addictions – drugs, alcohol, porn, gaming, etc. Others go numb and live lives of mediocrity.
For some who have already made the tragic choice of shutting down and checking out, this is a call to repentance and revival. For those still wrestling with the decision, it’s a call to arms.
Let me just drop a few reasons why you can accomplish the tasks before you that you need to accomplish.
I base my argument on the premise that without the Lord knowing about it and allowing it, no opportunity, no challenge, would come before you. Two more matters that need consideration are that (1) God’s choice of you to get it done wasn’t a mistake because He never makes them.(2) He promised that He would be with you until the end of time.
It’s true that no good thing dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18). Without “Him”, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But with him and through him and because of him, everything is different.
Here are some more matters for your consideration:
God designed you for this
By virtue of the Designer’s intention, you’ve been born into this world possessing what you need as a human to cope with this human world. God wired you for the challenges of life. And even when you rebel and retreat into sin, you are still designed to be adequate for the tasks of life. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You were selected, from the womb, for all of the assignments God has in store for you.
God transformed you for this
If you’ve placed your faith in Jesus Christ, you’ve been born again, made right, freed forever from condemnation, spared from God’s wrath, and totally re-created as a masterpiece that puts on display the powerful, fruitful grace of God. You were broken, headed in the wrong direction, and destined for eternity apart from God. Now, you’re on the right track. Your nature has been transformed. You were born again for the mission ahead.
God equipped you for this
God has gifted you. You have natural talents as well as Spirit-wrought abilities. It’s not that you’re superman. It’s that you’re a human in the hands of a supernatural God. To deny your gifting is to doubt the Giver of the gifts.
God has placed People to help you in this
You don’t have to do this alone. God made you for people, and HE made a people for you. He calls them the church – an assembly of your fellow called out ones who are pursuing the big mission and the Lord’s mandate with you. They can help you carry your burdens, offer you accountability and encouragement, and make up for your weaknesses and shortcomings. Maybe you’ve been let down by them in the past, but don’t give up. These are the people, imperfect as they may be, who are made to compliment an imperfect you!
God has given you the resources needed for this
Get this. God has already given you every single resource you will ever have need of on a spiritual, heavenly basis. Just read Paul’s lengthy sentence in Ephesians 1:3-14 and you’ll see the truth repeated that God has blessed us with everything we need and taken care of every resource issue. Further, he has repeatedly assured us that he knows the needs of his children and always comes through to provide them with everything that is needed to get his will done.
God Doesn’t Quit
And finally, God isn’t a quitter. What he starts, he finishes. Paul said, “God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6 – NLT)
If God has called you to it, he will carry you through it!
NB: Many that I’ve met, in Christian ministry also struggle with the “Can I?” question. And this struggle often stops them from becoming the courageous confident leader that they are called to be. Are you one such? As God’s child, revel in the fact that our big, powerful heavenly Father is always working in us, around us, and through us to accomplish his incredible will for our lives. And if he is for us, who can possibly, be against us?
When you remain dependent and surrendered, you remain an unstoppable force for the gospel and for good in this world.
Yes, You CAN!