“All” is a big word. Well, it’s a small word with big importance. You may be surprised to know that “all” in Greek, the original language of the New Testament, means . . . all. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is a bold statement. This verse reminds me a picture I used to have on my desk (it’s in a box somewhere, and I hope to find it soon) of Walt Disney walking the barren, swampy land in Orlando. Superimposed in the background is Cinderella Castle. Walt was able to see what others either didn’t or couldn’t.
If “all” really means “all,” then Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, helps us accomplish what many can’t even yet envision. This power certainly pertains to living through the midst of trial and hardship. These words also keep us humble in moments of prosperity and abundance. But I like to think of Paul’s words as a challenge. What is Christ calling us to accomplish that isn’t yet clear? What is the vision God is calling us to step out in faith to realize? Can we see a kingdom in the midst of a swamp? In other words, it’s one thing for our mission, worship, and fellowship to offer hospitality and spiritual growth for those who call church home, but is our kingdom work making room for those who haven’t yet found this holy place? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” What vision is God offering to you?