Wednesday, December 19, 2007

GOD SPECIALIZES IN DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE

This Sunday I will wrap up the four-part series of Christmas messages called "What Is Your Impossible?" I don't know if anyone else learns anything from my preaching, but I know I do. Sometimes Christmas messages can be extra challenging. What can I say that will be fresh? How do I take the Bible's most familiar story and make it come alive for the present?

During the series this year, God has been stretching my faith. We all face situations that seem impossible. But what a great reminder the angel gave Mary and gives to us: "For all things are possible with God" (Luke 1:37).

Did you hear the story of Kyle MacDonald and his red paperclip? He was stuck in a dead-end job and money was extremely tight. Kyle came up with a plan. Starting with one red paperclip, he would trade on the Internet until he exchanged it for a house. Far-fetched, huh? Impossible?

First, he traded the red paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. Then he traded the pen for a doorknob and the doorknob for a Coleman stove. He traded the Coleman stove for an electric generator. He traded the electric generator for a Budweiser sign and a keg of beer (sorry, just the truth), which he traded for a snowmobile. Exactly one year and 14 trades later, he finally reached his goal. He exchanged a part in a Hollywood movie for a home in Saskatchewan, Canada.

This is a true story that is told in his book One Red Paperclip. And, you guessed it, the story is being made into a movie. Fame and fortune--all starting with someone in a dead-end job and one red paperclip.

This story reminds me of the Incarnation of Christ. A tiny, innocent baby born to an ordinary Mary who one day would die on a cross to save people from their sins. God in the flesh. The Savior of the world. The King of all kings. The Lord of all lords. Who would have thought...?

But that's what God does today also. He takes the ordinary and does the impossible. The story of the red paperclip reminds us of the power of the human mind and self-determination. But that's nothing compared to what God can do and wants to do. The Christ of Christmas still works miracles. What is your impossible? Doing the impossible is nothing to God. Surrender your life completely to Him and see what miracles He will do in your life. "For all things are possible with God!"

May God fill your life with a special touch of His power and presence this Christmas season.

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