WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I attended a Lutheran Church a block away from my house in rural Illinois. I first heard the story of David and Goliath around the same time I wished to bring home all the stuffed animals from the toy store. I remember admiring David, the unlikely young hero, and feeling intimidated by the giant Goliath. David still inspires me, and Goliath still intimidates me. David’s dilemma in the face of Goliath illustrates a tension in the Christian faith. On the one hand, we are dependent on God and cannot do anything apart from Jesus. (See John 15:5.) On the other hand, we are capable of doing even greater works than those Jesus performed. (See John 14:12.) Sometimes the challenge of faith is to hold two truths at once and to sit with the complexity and tension. Remembering we are not self-sufficient keeps us from pride and self-idealization. Remembering we are capable empowers us when we might feel immobilized. We need Jesus, and through Jesus we are capable of anything.
—Angela D. Schaffner
Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself
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Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
—John 14:12, NIV
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Jesus, help me to see myself in your Word, so that others might see you in me. Amen.
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