“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Here is a true story After more than 20 years in youth ministry, a Minister has weathered his
fair share of injuries on the job. Most recently, he was involved in a competitive outdoor
game when he twisted his foot. Playing football through the pain, he conceded to his injury
only after winning the contest. He limped to a nearby place to sit down and carefully remove
his socks, only to see his ankle quickly swelling past the size of an orange. A trip to the
hospital revealed it wasn’t broken, but he soon realized it will take time before his foot could
bear the weight of his body once again.
Pain often serves as a reminder of our limitations. To those of us who pride ourselves on our
independence and feel most comfortable being in control, we don’t relish the pain when it
reminds us we’re vulnerable. Instead of admitting our need, we “play through the pain”, if
not to convince ourselves, then to assure others that we can handle whatever comes our
way. All one likes to feel weak.
The whole crux of the gospel, however rest on our desperate need and insufficiency on our
own resources- Pride keeps us from admitting our needs, much less our failures- But until
we are willing to deal with those things, we cut ourselves off from the fullness of the power of
Christ in our lives.
Strength for the believer looks far different than what the world professes. Scripture has it
that: “Jesus gave up his divine privileges and was born as a human being” (Philppians2:7),
in the greatest show of power the heavens have ever witnessed (2 Corinthians 13:4). We
gain strength when we see difficulties and our weakness as a means for his power and
grace to be at work in us (2 Cor. 12:9-10). This is the difference between limping and
running (lsaiah 40:29-31) Remain ever Blessed.
ADMONITION FOR THE WEEK
Until we are willing to deal with pride, we cut ourselves off from the fullness of the power of
Christ in our lives.
Your brother, friend, pastor & Archdeacon