My Best and God’s Rest
by Randy Chambers, 2016-12-10
Philippians 4:13, NIV: I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
I hold in one hand an imaginary box. That box contains all that I am and am capable of. In my other hand, I hold another imaginary box. It is the box that contains God and what He can do. Between my two hands with the two boxes I draw a line, and on that line are the words, “Do your best, and let God do the rest.” It is a catchy slogan, but breaks down severely beneath a good grip of the reality of who we are in God, and who He is in each of us. To do our best, in truth, does not draw upon our abilities alone up and until a point where we are beyond what we can do. But, to do our greatest best, is to do all things through Christ, drawing upon who He is within us. There is no line to cross from my best to His rest; from the things I can do alone, to the things for which I need Him. All things great, or small, are to be done in Him, and Him through me. As I abide in Him and do my best, He is my rest--and the rest is better than any best I could ever do alone.