And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
I love this passage contained in Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. In those times when I am at my weakest, in those times when I know the task before me is greater than myself, through these words I am assured that this place of weakness is exactly where God wants me to be. Can you hear his words to you too? God's grace is sufficient. It's doesn't just provide a part of what you need. It is sufficiency defined. If we can manage to get ourselves out of God's way, His power will prevail in our lives. As Paul says, it will "rest" upon us.
What should we know then about this "grace" from God that provides us all that we need? I heard an interesting perspective on this verse this morning by pastor Steve Archie of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Kansas City. To quote him:
Grace helps us understand that we all have a weakness that can only be addressed through unity.
The unity he speaks of is the unity of the body of Christ. Pastor Archie emphasized that God has other people come into our lives to take care of our incompleteness and that God solves our problems not in our dependence but in our interdependence. Does that speak to anyone out there? Have you ever seen God move in your life to put just the right people in it at just the right time? I know I have. I feel like I was directly spoken to today in this, the only part of the sermon I remember! :) I'm one of the most independent people I know, but every day I learn more about how I must lose some of my
stubbornness/pride independence to achieve all that God has in store for my life. I have come to recognize that there is nothing more satisfying to work together with other believers to achieve God's plan.
So, Christian, what is it that you rely on? What are your strengths? What are your weakness? All of us have weaknesses. However, all of us have also been endowed with different gifts and abilities. When we use them together, God creates a master work. How's that for grace?
Dear Father, I thank You for my infirmities so that You can show Your grace to me through the other people You have placed in my life. I thank You that You have also given me Your Holy Spirit to guide me, teach me, befriend me and complete me as well. Help me to always come to You first for wisdom, strength and help. Grant me the eyes to see You and the heart to desire to know You more each and every day. Amen.
For the deep thinkers:
1) How are you using your state of "interdependence" for God's glory?
2) Look around at the people God has placed in your life. Is there a way that you can connect with any of them to achieve a greater purpose for God's kingdom?