Not Can’t But Won’t

The choices we make tell a lot about the type of person we are – like our choice of friends, vocation, and how we spend our money. But there are choices which we as Christians make every day that not only reveal what type of Christian we are but those choices also shape our destiny.

Paul says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” This speaks of the special power or enablement that God provides to help us live victorious Christian lives.

Now I’d like to contrast this verse with a list of statements which we as Christians have a tendency to make:

  • “I just can’t get along with my wife.”
  • “My husband and I can’t communicate.”
  • “I just can’t give up the affair I’m having.”
  • “I can’t find time to read my Bible and pray.”
  • “I can’t give up this certain habit.”
  • “I just can’t speak to people about Christ.”
  • “I just can’t be the spiritual leader in my home.” 

Based on Philippians 4:13, you’ll have to agree that the word really should not be “can’t” but “won’t.”

As Christians, every one of us has the choice each day to walk in the flesh or to walk in the spirit. How do you walk in the flesh? That’s very easy – just live as though God’s Word isn’t important; as though the only thing that matters is your happiness or success. That’s how to walk in the flesh!

How do you walk in the spirit? That’s a different matter! It begins with a choice that only you can make – no one can make it for you. It begins with a choice to die to self – your own will, your rights, and your expectations of others (especially those in your own family).

You can make that choice today.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries