Friday, December 20, 2013

Like a Baby

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT)
Three different times [Paul] begged the Lord to take [the thorn in his flesh] away.  Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Yesterday we read that we are sent to the world just as Jesus was sent – on a mission.  Let’s also look at how Jesus was sent.  He arrived as a human infant, perhaps the most vulnerable position.  Weak.  Dependent.  Powerless.  Vulnerable.  As an adult, Jesus tells us He was only able to perform miracles and speak truth as the Father enabled.

Paul tells us over and over that God uses us best when we are weak and incapable.  God loves showing His power and glory through us.  Our lives most effectively point to God when it is obvious that the credit can only be His.

My life this Fall is an example.  I took on an impossible schedule.  I felt called to all of it and God has been evident in almost every aspect of my Bible studies and writing.  He has used it all for my growth and to benefit others.  I could not have maintained my calm, let alone my sanity, without God’s constant hand.

Are you trying to accomplish your mission through your own power?  Do you keep it safe, controlled, and predictable?  Is this how God sent Jesus into the world?

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