Meditations by John Dean

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Longest Golf Shot

(Philippians 4:13 KJV) I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me.
Our text has to be one of the strongest statements one can possibly make. The thought of one being able to do all things through Christ certainly leaves no room for doubting or feeling incapable. Any doubt that may occur is strictly self-promoted, which leaves Christ’s ability in us completely out of the equation.

Those who have a measure of understanding of our text and practice it daily seem to live a much happier and healthier life. Those who do not have an understanding of our text and do not practice it daily seem to always be in need and live a less healthy and happy life.

I suppose it is the “all things” in our text that occasionally boggles my mind when I think of all the possibilities I have in Christ. However, I must admit I do tend to wrestle with this issue at times, wondering if selfishness is ever a driving force behind such freedom.

The reason I say that is because one time when I was in Colorado I drove to the top of a well known mountain and did something completely unplanned. As soon as I got to the top of the mountain, I parked my car, opened the trunk and grabbed a golf club and ball…I set the ball on a tee and hit it as hard as I could. Because of the thin air…as far as I know the golf ball could still be going.

Even though I have played golf for years, I have never been able to hit the ball long. However, when I hit the ball that day it seemed to go so far that it just faded out of sight without me seeing where it hit the ground. When I finished hitting the ball that day I proudly put my golf club back in the trunk of my car and drove back down the mountain. I wonder if this was one of those selfish things in the “all things” that had nothing to do with God, but had everything to do with me?
I have thought about that golf shot many times over the years and have come to a conclusion. The reason the golf shot was so successful was because I was high enough to take some of the natural pull of gravity out of the equation.

The spiritual lesson is...if we want to make the best of our walk with the Lord then we also need to get higher in Him. This will eliminate much of the gravity of the world and we will reach our top potential. I believe this is the “all things” spoken of in our text.

It is our desire to not only reach the mountain top, but also to walk in that place where the gravity of the world does not draw us. Help us Lord to be an “all things” person.

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