The Expendables are one of my favorite movies. It’s a movie that speaks that every problem can be solved either with a chop of a machete, a quick punch to the gut, or a pull of a trigger. Cutting it short, not much deep lines but all about action. I don’t need to stop and pause to ponder on anything really, but I would just see how action unfolds.
What attracts me most though with them is the center theme of impossibilities. I mean, how can a bunch of about 15 guys (and 1 or 2 women I think) take on a full army of killers? I know, it sounds absurd in reality when we watch, we firmly believe in this bunch of ‘expendables’ to win against all odds. Sure, the battle won’t be easy, another thing we hope for, because we also know the best stories are well-fought for.
Same goes for us in our lives, we believe in the impossible things yet we don’t act like the expendables–with complete and reckless abandon in faith. Sharing this because this is the posture I am taking this 2018, or better yet, a posture I pray to hold on to for the rest of my life:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)
This struck me so much upon meditating on these words last week. Much like last year, the first week seemingly is full of doubts and fears. I’m a relatively new full-time design entrepreneur with a year of experience and after doing a retrospect of what has happened in 2017, it’s a showcase of how God has been truly faithful to me even when I wasn’t. Struck me that why would I doubt a God who went with me my whole life, only for me to respond better starting just last three years, why would he suddenly pull the plug in our relationship? Unlike us, God will remain true and faithful to His Word.
“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV)
I would like to inspire whoever’s going to read this (relatively) short piece. God is a God of impossibilities and because of that I hope that we hold on to that; never limit God in how He can work in you and through you. That He is a God who’s very creative, limitless, and compared to how we view Him, it’s like us being flat earth thinkers versus Him who can and is affecting you on 360 degrees, coming from all sides. Sounds absurd, right Kyrie? (*wink*)
With His Word confirming it, I’d like place my hopes on that plane of impossibilities, because it is where He works best–to the things that WE CANNOT DO. This shows our dependence on Him, not to say that we won’t move and just let Him be, but since He is faithful, if we honor Him, it is uncharacteristic of Him not to move too. There’s common grace for everyone but there’s a special grace only for those would depend and trust on Him fully.
The verse above speaks about it “who is able to do far more abundantly“, speaks not just of financial provisions but all around, and I believe on top of it is peace that most of us don’t. Only for those who abide in Him. He gives power, limitless at that, but again what’s beautiful about this verse is that He gives, yet all goes back to Him. Glory to Him who is above everything else. Jesus. No other name.
On top of the cherry? You’re part of this.
“throughout ALL GENERATIONS, FOREVER AND EVER.”
I have been asking the Lord continuously for visions and plans, with this constant question, with the tone of fear and excitement: “Where to, O Lord?”
I didn’t expect that His response would be far more than what I could think of, nothing specific, not a place, but this:
“Sa imposible!” (To the impossible!)