In my effort to grasp the limit and extent to which man’s ability can take him, I found myself tethering in and out of the thin boundary line drawn to demarcate between God’s dependence and man’s self-sufficience.
Then I realised: At times success in itself, isn’t ‘good sucess’; and often than not, everyone describes his success as ‘good success’. Only God and individual conscience can tell which it is.
“Now let us calm down” while I steer this matter back to Jesus’ feet: God helping me.
Genesis 11:6 KJV
“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do”.
This scripture references collection of persons, who set out towards achieving a goal; and God even confirmed they will achieve it. I believe what made them formidable is their individual determination and focus. Thus, once a man set out to achieve anything, by determination and staying focus, there is no stopping him, except him.
Then it will be okay to say, right from time immemorial, man has inherent ability to do whatsoever he purpose, focus and determine to do: ‘All things his heart can imagine’.
No wonder we see such drive happening around us daily: from one man’s Scientific discovery & invention, to another’s Medical milestones in health and surgery… this list will not be complete without identifying with the spectacular achievements in showbiz and entertainment industry.
From the above discovery, it is crystal clear believers are not the only being equipped with ‘ability’ to do ‘all things’ — just as one might think — but this ability is an inherent gift placed in man by God.
What is funny is: In most of this secular achievement, some of the recipients often attributes this achievement to the grace of God. I quite agree they are not ‘wrong per say’, but they are ‘wrong per understanding’; because God cannot be mocked. His grace only abound unto those working according to His will and calling. Never unto them working outside His will. Listen to these two scriptures:
2 Corinthians 6:15a KJV
“And what concord hath Christ with Belial?…”
Matthew 7:22-23 KJV
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”.
Therefore, as believers, you can do ‘all things’ but not ALL things is ‘by Christ that strengthened you’. Why? because you are not called to do ALL things but specific things.1 Corinthians 7:20 KJV
“Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.”
Even Apostle Paul, we often quote on this matter, wasn’t referring to all things outside Christ, but all things in Christ that strengthened him.
Hence, as believers, what we all need to keep tag of is: knowing the will of God concerning us. Staying within the thin fine line: the side of God’s will and calling.
Then, we can be rest assured His strength will be made available for our good success. May God help us all.