The Difference Between “A Few Things” and “All Things”


I want to ask you a question that really changed my life when it was first put to me all the way back in the late 1970’s:

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Whether you have heard that question before or not, I encourage you to take a few moments to really marinate in it. If you were absolutely certain you would be successful, what would you attempt to do?

Lest you think that this is one of those worldly questions from the field of positive thinking and self-help, let me remind you of the following biblical truth:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

The apostle Paul is telling us that there is some kind of special power we have because we are children of the Most High God. And notice what Paul does not say: he does not say, “I can do some things through Christ who strengthens me.” Rather, Paul says we can do “all things”!

Now, before you think you can fly and proceed to jump off the roof of your home, let me quickly unpack the truth of this verse. The “all things” Paul speaks of are all the things God has ordained for us to do in His timing and in His strength. These are the “good works” God has prepared in advance for us (Ephesians 2:10) that we are to be doing all the way into glory.

Paul knew God would not have called him to his ministry without giving him everything he would need in order to accomplish it. Paul faced some extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances as he was preaching the good news of the Gospel. But Paul knew that God would give him all the strength he needed to fight the good fight of faith and finish his race. Paul knew that “all things” were all the things God had called him to do in expanding the first-century church until he had completed his work.

The challenge for many in the church today is that they have substituted “a few things” for “all things.” We minimize our impact in this world by limiting God’s work in our lives. We have a tendency to give God only a portion of our lives and therefore look for God to do only “a few things” through us. Remember, the first-century church turned the world upside down because they lived out the truth of “ALL things.” They surrendered control of their lives to God and changed the course of history, knowing that God would make good on His promise.

So . . . it sounds like there are some things that, if we attempted to do them, we absolutely could not fail to accomplish because of our relationship with Christ. What would one of those “all things” be for you today? Start a business? Share the Gospel? Mend a broken relationship? Go back to school? The difference between “a few things” and “all things” is the difference between living a life of mediocrity and a life of mastery for the glory of the Master. What will you choose today?

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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