It seems prudent to limit one’s thoughts and ideas to what is humanly possible, what our resources and networks can produce. But that kind of prudence cannot solve the problems we face individually or collectively. If we could solve our problems by ourselves, we would have.
With all our busyness, our technology, our “connectedness” through social media, the purely economic or social enterprises we create and the myriads of NGOs, our individual and collective challenges are getting worse. Why? We were designed to live as copies of God and are ill-fitted to be mere humans disconnected from God. Jesus said something I can never get over – “I can do nothing by myself without the Father.” By instructing his disciples not to move an inch until they were filled with the Holy Spirit, He was implying that without God working through us, we can do nothing of true value, we can build nothing to last and we cannot follow in His footsteps.
It is mediocre in the truest sense to limit our thoughts to what we can do and we cannot help but be mediocre if God is not in the mix. There is no way out of our predicament than thought upgrade. We need to think above the human level and the only One whose thoughts are above ours is the One in whose image we were created, without whom we can do nothing. The change of heart Jesus offers is prerequisite to thinking at God’s level but it is only the beginning not the end.
When you have to “count the cost,” it is unwise to limit yourself to human capability. True cost for anything of true value in human society is the one thing that is becoming scarcer, especially in religious circles, the one thing available to every human being regardless of social or economic class. Jesus wondered if He would find faith on earth when He returns.
True cost is not money, connections or human capability, but faith. Faith frees us from thinking within the confines of human possibility to thinking thoughts that only God can and will execute. With faith, God’s capability is your resource.