Have you ever wished you could bake cakes like one of the ladies in your church does? Do you long to knit such beautiful sweaters or crochet these amazing scarves that your aunt makes in no time at all? Are you wondering how your neighbor can keep her windows so sparkling clean all the time? Do you fret at times because you cannot do all these things?
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) says:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
People like to quote this verse to state that we indeed can do all things. There is nothing wrong with quoting Bible verses, of course, but it’s dangerous to take them out of context and use them in a way so they will suit us and not give glory to God. In other words, it’s not good to put the emphasis on ourselves instead of on Christ. Who will receive the praise in the end? Yes, of course Christ strengthens us to accomplish things we never thought “we” would be able to accomplish – but it’s through Him and for Him. All glory belongs to Him who enables us, who strengthens us, to do the things He wants us to do.
In other words, we can say that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us however often we want to – if we are not in His will, we are not able to do selected things no matter how much we try or how much we plead with Him.
Yes, God surely wants us to be responsible keepers of our homes, e.g. accomplish daily tasks like cooking, baking and cleaning. However, He has given certain gifts to different people. We might get upset first whenever we cannot do what others are able to do. But you know what? It will free us, too. We are freed from the pressure of having to be like other women who have been given the talent to bake the way they do, knit like no other woman could knit, or do anything that God wants them to do.