One of my favorite scriptures is:
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
While at first glance some folks may think that this verse means that they can accomplish anything, it really is saying something much greater and much more important than that. The verses before it give some important context:
Phil. 4: 11 -13 I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
What this verse is saying is that when things go wrong (which they will!) –When the car breaks down, and your best friend dies; when you are in a budget crunch at work and when people let you down; it is the strength of the Love of Christ for you that becomes the lifeline that pulls you through those hard times.
It also says that when things are going well for you –When you have a great return on your investment or when you win, when there is enough to go around, that it is Christ who gives you the peace and the grace to enjoy those moments. To praise and thank God for the good times is sometimes harder than relying on God through the hard times! But it is Christ gives us the strength to look beyond ourselves toward the cross.
A second favorite Scripture passage is from John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
This great theological statement uses the metaphorical language of a light shining in the darkness to describe how our very existence, our being, our lives are the result of the spark of Christ within us. Jesus Christ and God the Creator are one, and they are our source and our purpose for existence. Our own darkness and confusion disappear when we open our eyes to the light of Christ who is the Word.