I like to think of every believer as a superhuman because we live a life that is beyond the ordinary. So many things about the faith differentiate us from what the world would consider as normal. That’s why it’s a call to do the things which are classified impossible.
For example, it does seem quite baffling that all our sins have been borne by one Man and replaced with righteousness because of the same Man. Nevertheless, that is still the truth. That we have faith in Jesus despite the fact that we have not seen Him is another thing that makes this more amazing (1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 1:8).
We are made to understand that you can never separate Christianity from love. If you are not in Christ Jesus, you don’t know love yet, neither can you love. Anyone can have a strong moral sense; they don’t lie or steal or cheat or fight but this doesn’t necessarily mean they have love. Love is a virtue and fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). It is the nature of God we have received in Christ Jesus through faith and we have been called to give love to everyone and anyone not regarding any wrong they may have done to us. (1 John 4:7-9)
Those kind of things seem absurd but it is a “super power” we have access to by the Holy Spirit. He empowers us to do the impossible.
The Holy Spirit helps us to do those things that are humanly impossible. Having the “I can do it” mentality is great for every believer but more importantly we must acknowledge that we can do it through Christ. Loving others even when they hate us, having faith even when it seems useless and holding on to our belief even in the face of persecution is only possible when we depend on the strength of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8)
Series of people in the bible were faced with situations that demanded they do the extraordinary. They are people who found their purpose in the perfect will of God by doing those things that were naturally impossible for them.
Noah was instructed to build an ark against a coming flood. If we put into perspective just how huge that ark was and compare it with the fact that it was hand built, we would realise that it was a seemingly impossible project. Nevertheless, he faithfully did what God asked him to do. God empowered him for it by giving him the specifications he needed to do a perfect job. Noah would have made mistakes or even messed the job up totally but God saw to it that he was provided with all that he needed to do an excellent job. (Genesis 6:9-22)
Again, we have Moses. He is one of the great men of the Old Testament; the man whom God used to bring the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt. We read this story and focus on the wonderful way God brought these people out but it is also worthy of note that Moses was also called to do the impossible. Moses was a shy, elderly man who stammered and it was likely that he had issues with Pharaoh considering the fact that he used to be a member of the family but ran away to live a lowly life.
Notwithstanding, God was telling him to do something no one had ever dared to do before. After much back and forth, he decided to go ahead with God’s instruction. And as we know, God showed up mightily for him, giving him the back up and support he needed to execute the mission successfully. (Exodus chapters 2-12)
Apostle Peter was a very timid and fearful man. This had caused him a lot of challenges in time past such as the time when Jesus was walking on water. He was the only disciple who had enough faith to actually do it but his timidity and fear caused him to start sinking afterwards. This person who was so timid and fearful is the same person that God used to save thousands of lives. The very first record of a mass crusade was on the day of Pentecost, the day Peter preached a sermon. He had a huge task ahead and God strengthened his weaknesses so that he would be able to get the job done. (Matthew 14:28-31; Matthew 26:69-75; Acts 2:41)
These were people who were posed with real life problems and an impending task. But from statistics, we realise that God never left anyone of them hanging. Christianity has never been an easy religion. We are called to do things that are extraordinary and mind boggling to the average unbeliever. Nevertheless, we are never commissioned a task without being equipped for it. When Jesus gave us the great commission, He also gave us the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:15-18)
If you are searching for a purpose in what is easy and common then you may miss your purpose. Many men of old found purpose in doing those extraordinary things and it is still the same today. God asks us to do humanly impossible things because we are no longer regular humans, but humans with a divine DNA. (Romans 8:14-17)
When we see ourselves less and see God more in the situation, we would soon realise that it’s not us at work but God at work in us. Not just anyone can say to the dead to rise up or to a demon to get…the difference is that there is power behind the words of a believer, and that is the power of God. This is one thing that the sons of Sceva missed out.
People find it hard expressing faith because they think to themselves “is it possible?” There is no question of possibility or impossibility in Christ Jesus. Both the possible and impossible are made possible. The earlier we realise this, the better for us.
We serve a God who makes impossibilities possible and works out extraordinary things through ordinary people and ordinary things.
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