Amazingly, a glove can do all sorts of things, pick up a book, wave good- bye, scratch my head, pat someone on the back, or slap somebody in the face. A glove can do nothing if you take your hand out of it, however. All it does is lie there. You can yell at it, get mad at it, try to teach it lessons, but to no avail. It can do nothing on its own. Without your hand inside, the glove is nothing more than an ordinary piece of cloth (or leather or whatever it’s made of). People, like this glove, can do little of real consequence on their own. In the flesh we are weak, but with Christ we are strong. When your hand is inside the glove, the glove can do anything your hand wants it to do. In Philippians 4:13, Paul teaches me that I am like a glove. On my own I can do nothing. But with Christ in me, I can do whatever Christ wants me to do. He is the one who gives me the strength and the ability to do it. We can be sure that if we obey Christ, He will be with us and give us the strength to do His will.