One of the issues we encounter as the Church is this—It’s Never Enough.
We try to help The Poor, but miss serving those in Prison. We focus on sending out missionaries, but not supporting Bible Translators. We cover this ministry, but not that ministry. We reach this mission field, but miss that field. And then we move around once we realize what we’ve been doing. “We’ve neglected them!” Then a few years later we realize, “Oh, no, we’re neglecting them!” and shuffle to another area. We can’t do it all.
The same for teaching. In Sunday School, worship services, small groups, etc. we teach about different concepts—but we can’t cover them all. We teach about Grace, but miss Holiness. We focus on Holiness, but forget about Grace. We preach Evangelism, but neglect Discipleship. Then we neglect Evangelism so we can preach Discipleship. We see a need and fill it only by pulling out our resources from another need. It’s never enough.
But fortunately, it is. We can’t do it all, it’s never enough—but in Christ…
In Christ, I can do all things.
In Christ, mountains can be moved.
In Christ, the workers go out to the harvest.
You see, we cannot do it all. But we can rely on God’s faithfulness.
We cannot always cover every topic and balance our teaching, but we can proclaim God’s message centered in Jesus Christ.
We do not always live as we should and understand God’s will—but we can trust in God’s confirmation by His Spirit, and know that He was a plan for us, though we may not know it fully.
The truth is, if we place Christ at the center of everything—the work of the Church, the truth we teach, the lives we live, we may not be able to do it all, but we can find proper balance. Not perfect balance, but proper balance.
And when Christ is at the center, he works within us to grow our circle of capability. “with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone the whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.” “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it” (Eph 2:20-21; Mt. 13:33 HCSB).
God works within us to do that which we could not and cannot do on our own. He fills in the gaps, with his power and grace, like the echo of a song traveling far beyond its singer. “He told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’ Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9 MSG)
No, IT is never enough. But His grace is sufficient, His power made perfect, His grace is enough for His work.
May you boast in your weakness, in your inability to do it all. May you place Christ at the center. And may you rely on our faithful God who works within us, with us, and through us to accomplish His purposes on earth.