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This month I want to help us prepare for Christmas by reflecting on God’s Grace. If you want an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish, read the first post in this blog series called A Month To Remember God’s Grace.
Below is the reflection for today.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 – 10
You then my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
- 2 Timothy 2:1
Often we think of the apostle Paul as a strong man. But he wasn’t. He weak, perplexed, tired, and tested. As a matter of fact Paul had a “thorn in his flesh” that perpetually reminded him of his physical, emotional and spiritual limitations. So Paul wasn’t super strong; he was weak, just like you and me.
So what made the difference in Paul’s life? One word. Grace. You see grace produces God’s power in weak people. In other words God isn’t looking to add his strength to people who are already strong, because God isn’t interested in our strength being glorified. Why? Because our strength compared with his strength, instead all that impressive. As a matter of fact when we compare our strength with God’s we realize we are actually pretty weak.
So God is looking for people who recognize their weakness, and then he gives them grace so that this world sees his power at work in weak, ordinary, limited people.
So back to Paul. Paul had an effective ministry, not because he was a powerful man, but because God was gracious to strengthen a very weak man.
The implication of this is profound. You can have an effective life, not because you are strong but because God wants to give you his grace so that his power is seen in your life.
What specific area of your life do you need Jesus to be strong for you? What limitations do you face this Christmas? Spend some time today asking Jesus to be strong for you.