Posted by: pastordarren | June 13, 2013

Do What We Can

In the latest Star Trek movie, in the midst of one of the crises, Capt. Kirk tells Spock, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I only know what I can do.”

This brief admission has stuck with me and been bouncing around in my head.

Many times in our lives and the life of the church, we don’t know what we are supposed to do when we come to a crossroad.  Too many options, too many options that are different from what we have done in the past, none of the options seem good at the moment, and with many more excuses, we don’t act and take a direction.  We want the big picture, we want to know what each step is going to be like and that everything will be ok and smooth sailing.

What Kirk says here, I think is important to us in real life, “I only know what I can do.”  What would it be like in the church if each person took that task upon themselves, doing what they can do and have been gifted to do?  If our focus is following Jesus’ call on our lives in the world today and being the Body of Christ in the world, then each of us has a part.

Ephesians 4:11-16

 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built upuntil we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Just do what you can and have been gifted to do.  We may not know the next step, we can’t do it alone and we don’t have all the answers; but working together, we will build the Kingdom.


  1. I loved that line as well but I also can see how it can be used as an excuse to NOT do anything. I would hope not but I can see it happening…especially if the church has several worker bees that do above and beyond and leave little else to BE done by others who DO desire to do what they can do.

    • Good point Monica. Many times that can happen if for an extended period there is no one else to do the work if the person / people want to retain control.

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