Many Christians never accomplish anything because their church leaders tell them they can’t. In fact, some faith traditions pride themselves in over-emphasizing the frailty and fallen-ness of the “frozen” and “chosen”. Such perspective produces a downward spiral of ministry stagnation. Since we talk about how little we can do, without Christ, we end up doing so very little for Christ. That isn’t how the Apostle Paul approached his ministry.
To Paul, his to-do list was victory waiting to happen. He didn’t focus on what he couldn’t do but saw everything through what Christ could do through him. Ministry was opportunity for success, a battle ready to be won. Spend more time teaching your church everything that Christ can do through them and they will spend more time doing, sharing, encouraging, praying, teaching, helping, giving, and conquering.
Without Christ, we can’t do anything. This statement is theologically true. HOWEVER, we have Christ, and we can do anything. Why talk about what isn’t possible?
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – The Apostle Paul (Phil 4:13)