For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Stretch Armstrong was an elastic plastic wrestling toy whose arms could be pulled and stretched for several feet. And Stretch was supposed to be superstrong. But the sad thing was that Stretch couldn’t really do anything. He couldn’t actually lift any big object, or stop some bad guy. His stretchy strength was only imaginary. It wasn’t real.
Is Jesus like Stretch Armstrong? Some people treat him in the same way. They think he’s a great idea, and maybe if he were in a comic book fighting zombies that would make him even cooler. But he doesn’t really do anything real, does he? He’s a nice thought, yes, but is his strength actually real?
The apostle Paul was certainly convinced his strength was real. After Jesus knocked him to the ground with his mere words, blinded him with his very presence, and then healed him through another person’s faith, Paul was forever convinced that Jesus had real power (Acts 9). Later, in a letter about the strength of Jesus, Paul wrote these very words: For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Pray for the Day:
Dear Jesus, because you are truly strong, I can be strengthened to do what you want me to do. Amen.