In…through…for

2 Corinthians 1:20For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

In…through…for…three key prepositions. In Christ, through Christ and for his glory. My capacity and capability regarding his plan for my life is measured by, and based on, the promises of God. My abilities and interests have very little to do with it. The Holy Spirit brings the power with himself to every task. 

It is possible to misjudge my capacities compared to his calling. I will either see myself strong enough to do a task myself or see the task as too big and avoid it. I must never allow the limitation of my own natural ability to enter into the matter. 

John 14:8-10 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 

My own opinions make me dense and slow to understand, but when I choose simplicity I have discernment all the time. I bring the complex to my life, no one else. How difficult I can make In…through…for… I look for God to show himself to me, but God only exhibits Himself in me. I want him to work so I can see but he chooses to work so that others see. I want experiences but he wants me to want only him. Phillip asked the Lord for revelation when nothing more needed to be revealed. Like him, I complicate the simple.

All others may go away, leaving me standing alone, but my Lord will not. I need not complicate this truth either by mulling about their motives or commitment. The truth is that I am never left alone. The Lord is there. When others retreat and I am left alone with just him, his hand and voice, when is there a deeper intimacy?

2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength… 

Because he is with me I have no right or need to decide where I should be placed, or to have preconceived ideas as to what God is preparing me to do. God engineers everything; and wherever He places me, my one supreme goal must be to pour out my life in wholehearted devotion to Him in that particular work and place. In…through…for… it’s that simple. 

Lastly, success in ministry can be complicated. 

In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view— we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. – Oswald Chambers

Lord, your calling is simple. In you, through you and for you must be my life’s focus. May all that I am, wherever I am, be simply yours. 

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