“I can’t do this!” The boy cried out in desperation.
“What is wrong, son?” The concerned grandfather asked him.
“I can’t do this, I can’t. I don’t know how to swim!”
The grandfather smiled and replied to his frustrated grandson:
“Well, can you explain to me what have you been doing in the pool for the last two hours?”
Negativity and pessimism are traits that we all share. There are some among us that are more optimistic and positive than the rest of us, but even they have their “down” moments. Our sinful nature and adverse circumstances bring all of us down every once in a while.
Even the great heroes of the faith became the prey of feelings of negativity, inadequacy and depression. Jonah and Elijah and Job prayed for death. Moses and David were overcome with depression sometimes. Jeremiah wanted to stop preaching. The apostles had many doubts and deserted Jesus at his arrest.
Every child and servant of God has been in a similar situation. We have come to the realization that our inability is real. We can’t do anything on our own; we must rely and depend totally on Christ. Anyone that believes otherwise is a fool.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
King Solomon realized his inability when he prayed to God for wisdom. God granted his request and he went on to be the wisest man around for many years. We too, can pray for wisdom (James 1:5) and God will make us wiser. We can pray for many other things, including strength and power and we will be able to do “all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).
Yes, without Christ we can do nothing. I cannot survive or succeed if I don’t surrender myself completely to Him. However, I can do things that are humanly impossible (like forgiving my enemies) in Christ.
There is no more room then, for continuous negativity for those who believe in, and depend on Christ. We may fall down from time to time, but He will lift us up. We may struggle with depression, anxieties and indecisions when we are faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, but Christ will give us the victory.
A man decided to buy a pool one summer. He dreamed of spending time with his family swimming in the pool and he had saved a little money through the year, hoping to make his dream a reality during the summer time.
Summer arrived and our friend went to the store and acquired a brand new pool. The big box barely fit in his car, as he drove home excited with his new toy. The above ground pool came with all the parts and instructions and it was surprisingly easy to assemble. In less than three hours, the whole pool was set up and ready to be filled with water.
There was only one problem: The ground wasn’t leveled. There was water overflowing from one side of the pool, while the other side was half empty. In addition to this, the bottom of the pool was as bumpy as the surface of planet Mars. It was a total disaster!
The man was distraught but determined. He emptied the pool and took it apart. He learned how to level the ground properly, bought the materials and tools that he needed and proceeded to do the job right the second time around.
An unleveled pool is very much like a life that is built upon the sand. It doesn’t matter how pretty our “house” is, if the foundation isn’t good. We need a leveled and strong foundation for our lives, and there is only one available: The Rock.
You might have many gifts and talents in your life, but if Christ isn’t the foundation of your house (life), everything will crumble and fall, like the walls of Jericho. Jesus Himself, warned us about this in Matthew 7:26, 27:
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
We must build our lives upon the Rock. All other ground, as the hymn says, “is sinking sand.” But Jesus is not only the foundation, but He is also the Builder. In Psalm 127:1 the Bible declares that,
“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;”
Is Jesus the Foundation and Builder of your life? If the answer is yes, you can be sure that your life
is secure in Christ, because it has the best foundation in the universe. Let the winds blows and the storm
bring the rains. You will remain standing after all is said and done, because your life is anchored upon the
Rock and because the Lord himself will complete the work that He began in you (Philippians 1:6)