Lent Day 15

“You have what it takes.”

“Jacob said to tell you that if you would come then I should tell you that you have what it takes.”

This was a dialogue between two friends (Jack and Hurley) on the last episode of “Lost.”   They finished the dialogue and I thought, “They nailed it!” As the episode went on, it came out that those were the words that Jack longed to hear from his father, but never did.  In fact, it flashbacked to a scene where his dad told him, “You don’t have what it takes.”  That is a wound of the deepest kind to anyone, but especially to a man.  We are at all times subconsciously wondering, “Do I have what it takes?”  The evil one is hell-bent on convincing us that the answer to that question is, “NO!”  So we are left to wonder and often take that question to everyone expect God to see if they will answer it.

No one can answer this question except God.  The great news is that He has already answered it, and it is a resounding, “YES!!! You have what it takes.”   The answer is so clear and emphatic because Christ is in us!  And since He is in us, we most certainly have what it takes for anything that comes our way.  One of my favorite misquoted scriptures is, “God will not give us more than we can handle” (a misquote of 1 Cor 10:13).  The truth is that things come along every day that are too big for us to handle ON OUR OWN.  Since Christ is in us, and we have the opportunity to rely on him to walk us through any situation, then we have what it takes.

Our part, as with many of God’s truths, is to believe.  To enter into this day believing the mystery that Christ is in us.  Believing that we have what it takes to enter into any situation that requires our attention today.

Lie: I don’t have what it takes

Truth: Christ is in you and He can handle any situation

“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

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