This is probably the subtlest of them all. I hear it preached from the podium all the time. I hear it indiscriminately from my Christian friends. It is meant to encourage. The phrase ‘I’ve got this’ is meant to bolster one’s confidence in their ability to get something done, to overcome something, to not give up, to persevere to the end. You’ve got this. It’s harmless. But it’s also toothless. What exactly is it that we have when we say we’ve got this? Looking underneath the hood, is there anything there that we really have?
Philippians 4:13 tells me that “I can do all things through Him (God) who gives me strength.” The implication is that my strength is not my own, it comes from my Father. If my strength and stamina to sustain or overcome comes from my Father, then isn’t He the one who’s got this and not me? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say God’s got this? I really don’t want to appropriate God’s strength as my own without referencing Him when the credit is rightfully due him.
Matthew 11:28 tells me that Christ bids us to “come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” If I’ve got this, does it mean I’m declining my Father’s invitation for rest and choosing to carry my burden myself instead? In which world would that be a smart move? If, on the contrary, God’s got this, then I can come into His presence, let him carry the burden that’s been wearing me down while I simply rest in His presence. Isn’t that a much more sensible imagery to contemplate? Seeing as I’m not a glutton for punishment, I know for a fact that I’m choosing for Him to have ‘it’ so I can rest in Him until it’s handled.
Mark 10:27 quotes Jesus as saying “with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Let me read that again: with man this is impossible. I’ve got this. With man this is impossible. I’ve got this. But with God all things are possible. God’s got this. It’s clear who’s got this; not man but God.
It’s subtle. It might seem trivial, insignificant, negligible, unimportant, inconsequential… No, what it is, is the beginning of a slippery slope… Why do we dismissively deny our Father His rightful power as the one that’s got this thing called life figured out? What exactly do we claim to have figured out all by our mortal selves? Why do we appropriate God’s power as our own by claiming we’ve got what we haven’t got?
I think it’s because we try to be all inclusive to those amongst us of different persuasions and faith. It feel good to have an all-inclusive message, to leave no one behind -this I understand only too well, I’ve been a master at the craft myself. Allow me to state that it didn’t work for me, I didn’t have anything until I turned fully to my Maker, then He got ‘it’ and the waters rocking my boat calmed down.
There are countless verses I could use to illustrate further who really is in control of the situations in our lives, but I choose to use three in each case to simply KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid). While the phrase ‘I’ve got this’ is meant to encourage, it instead makes me cringe. It makes me cringe because I haven’t got this. I haven’t got anything. I thought I had this. I didn’t have it. I had nothing. By myself, I have nothing. The crux of this post is that as a mortal man, I don’t have this; God’s got this. Thanks or reading my mid-week series. Cheers, Helena xoxo.