FROM IMPOSSIBLE TO I'M POSSIBLE
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:24-27
Are there things in our lives that truly seem impossible? I know that throughout my life, I have placed boundaries on myself that caused me not to reach my fullest potential. I have allowed doubt to truly enter into the equation and caused myself to literally quit before I even tried. I think that is true for many of us when we are facing the impossible. I believe that we continue to feel as though we are limited in our abilities and if the going is truly going to get tough, we just throw up our hands in frustration or anxiety and quit. We create these imaginary walls or mountains that we feel we cannot attain, and which each challenge we decide not to face, the easier we find it to not even try at all the next time an obstacle comes in our path. We set a new pattern for our lives that we cannot do this or change that so we get very comfortable with the word impossible. It becomes a common word in our vernacular and common theme in our lives.
As I grew up, the word impossible was not an option. My dad would never allow me the chance to use that as an obstacle that was going to cause me to stop. Instead, impossible was a challenge to cause me to think outside the box. It was a word that was used as a motivational tool to show that there is always a solution to every problem, if one was willing put the time and the effort to find it. I know that may seem really crazy for some of you, but I
am telling you that impossibility is just a part of our perspective. Now hear me too, I am not saying that I can leap tall building in a single bound and I am not faster than a speeding bullet, but what I am saying it may take me a little longer to find a solution, but the knowledge is in the process. I believe that it is ok to fail because failure gives us ways how not to do things, but it also shows us that there is still a possible solution. See for me, I really don't see the word impossible. I see the word I'm Possible, and yes I know that some of you already saw that coming, but once again it is all about perspective and how we decide to tackle the situations that we encounter on a daily basis.
So let's take that perspective and dive into the lesson for today. The disciples were floored when Jesus used this example when talking about who could enter the Kingdom of God. For such a long time the people of God had used wealth as a sign or a mark of God's prosperity for His people. In other words, if you were rich you were being shown favor by God and you were chosen. When Jesus flipped the script on the disciples, they were pretty dumbfounded. They only saw prosperity as the way to get to God and not humility. They were only focused on one solution and when that solution failed, they stepped into the realm of impossibility. They were unable to see the true meaning of God's grace because they had put so much weight on power, position and authority. See that was mans definition of prosperity, and Jesus was trying to show them a new way.
When looking at the scripture, I think that we all have been looking at it in the wrong way. We think that Jesus was speaking of a literal needle... a sewing needle. But if you were from that region, you knew that the needle Jesus was speaking of was a passage that many took to trade goods in the region. It was a pathway that was very treacherous and difficult to navigate. It took fortitude and determination and a willingness to see the possible not the
impossible. However, the disciples were once again only focusing on the impossible. They were concerned that they were not going to be able to measure up. They were thinking that Jesus was making it too difficult and there was no way that this new way of thinking was going to be accepted in a society that was so tied to status. Does that sound familiar today? Are we fining that we are caught in the impossible as well because we are trying to measure up to something that truly is impossible to reach on our own.
It is time that we recognize that it may be impossible for us to do it alone, but that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! We have to change our perspective and our attitudes to recognize that God is not going to give up on us and is going to continue, through prevenient grace, to surround us with the ability to make the impossible, possible. We have to look at the situations before us today and literally say it's not an impossible feat. Instead we look at ourselves and say though it may look impossible, I'm possible to find the solution. I have the desire to continue to look for the answer even when it may not be right in front of me. I am willing to look at things from a new perspective and realize that there may be other solutions to the problem that we are facing. It is all in the perspective and once we finally stop hanging on the negative of impossibility, we will realize that God created each of us as part of the possibility to move forward. Stop looking at the impossible and realize that I'm possible to do ALL things through Christ. What is impossible with man has been made possible through God.