You Can’t Do Everything
You Can’t Do Everything
Written By Calvin Lindstrom   |   04.21.21

If you are a God-fearing, concerned Illinoisan, you likely have considered leaving the state or wondered what you can do about our corrupt state of affairs if you choose to or must stay.

The wicked legislation coming out of Springfield, the promotion of abortion, and the takeover of education can feel overwhelming. It is difficult trying both to keep up on all that is going on and figure out how to effect positive change.

It is impossible to do everything. It is impossible to keep abreast of every issue; be in regular contact with local, state, and federal legislators; keep your church, family, and friends up to date with what needs to be done; and still raise your family and keep your job. It is just too much.

Often accompanying this sense of being overwhelmed is a feeling of paralysis, so consider what Scripture says about this.

First, being overwhelmed and brought to the brink of despair is not uncommon for those who truly desire to serve King Jesus.

David lamented both his own sin and external troubles:

For innumerable evils have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; Therefore my heart fails me. (Psalm 40:12)

The Apostle Paul described the incredible challenge of ministry in Ephesus and the province of Asia:

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. (2Cor. 1:8)  

God does not promise His people endless ease in this life. The more you are focused on serving the Lord, the more you may encounter troubles, burdens, and suffering.

Second, you must focus on what you can do. You can’t do everything, but you can do something. You cannot be in contact with your legislators on all issues, but this doesn’t mean you can’t reach out by phone, email, or letter on important matters.

Focus on what you can do as a witness of God’s truth and the message of the gospel.

Third, we must continually remind ourselves that the power is not in us but in our great God. Our great God alone can change the hearts of Illinois citizens. Only God can bring about the change that we desire. And this becomes a test of faith.

God has not promised us if we just pray enough and do what He calls us to do that everything will be wonderful. The promise is His presence, peace, and power.

Prayerfully, patiently, and purposefully seek the Lord and consider what you can do to strengthen your witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of Scripture.

And they overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Rev. 12:11)

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Calvin Lindstrom
Pastor Calvin Lindstrom has served as the pastor of the Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights since 2006 and has worked in Christian education for over 23 years. He is blessed to be a husband and father of six children. He is also a long time board member for Illinois Family Action....
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