In some of the talks I give, I often ask a volunteer to put on a jacket and then I ask that person to hand me a P500 bill. Naturally, after attempting to search his pockets, he’d sheepishly say that he doesn’t have any. The crowd giggles. I ask him again. This time, the volunteer gives me a firm answer: “Brother, I don’t have it”. I tell him to look more closely inside the right pocket of the jacket that I made him wear. He unzips the pocket zipper and reaches in and…voila! He takes it out — P500!
Little did he know that I already gave him what he needed to do what I asked him to.
Isn’t it the same thing when it comes to God’s call? When He tells us to go after that dream project, or take on that difficult service, or set up that challenging business, He also gives us the ability to accomplish it. But don’t we often give a similar response as my volunteer: “God, I don’t have what it takes…”
My friend, God says to you, “Yes you do!”.
Because even before he asks you to do something, He already gives you what you need to accomplish it.Indeed, the saying is true that God doesn’t call the able but those whom He calls, He enables!
Recently, we joyfully learned that my wife Jeng is pregnant with our fourth child (technically, it’s our 5th except that we lost our second child through a miscarriage). Some well-meaning friends told us that having four children while remaining a missionary is going to be financially challenging for us. While I understand perfectly their genuine concern, something within also tells me that there is something wrong with this mentality.
This brought me back to my “jacket” demonstration.
I believe that even before God gave me a fourth child, he has already given me the means to raise the child.He has bestowed upon me the necessary skills to do well in my work, and He is getting ready to bless the work of my hands. He has lined up events and circumstances in my life that will engineer my victory. He has set up divine appointments for me with key people who can elevate my capacity for success and add value to my person. And for as long as I do my part, God will do His.
The bible says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Are you faced with a daunting task before you? Are you overwhelmed by all your responsibilities at hand? Are taken aback by the uncertainty of what lies ahead?
Take heart, dear friend. If you seek God’s mind with all your heart and follow His will with all your might, you will triumph. Because He who calls you has already enabled you. Go for that dream. Strive for that goal. Work towards that future. Somebody up there is rooting for you. He cheers. He eggs you on. At the top of His voice, He encourages you today, not with empty words, but with a full-proof promise of victory. Listen closely, His words for you are crystal clear: Yes, you can!
I remain in Christ,