This is a song for those beginning their Christian journey. God beacons us out of our “comfort zone” so we will be off balance and leaning on Him for support. Remaining weak, we will discover the strength of Jesus’ love.
“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 ESV)
The Apostle Paul recognized that when he felt strong, he was more likely to forget to rely on the power of Christ. Therefore, his struggles forced his dependence on the supremacy of Jesus. Paul’s mortal influence is not comparable to the might of God. The goal of my life is to be feeble like Paul.
“I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,” (Ephesians 3:7, 8 NIV)
The servant Paul saw himself as the least qualified to preach the gospel; but God graciously equipped him. All of his abilities were generous gifts beneficial for God’s purposes.
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. (Ephesians 3:13 NIV)
Paul knew suffering kept him more useful to the Ephesian Church. Ministering to people involves risk. We may be misunderstood, scoffed at, and forced to face our own prejudices and ego. Serving God is messy, vulnerable work. Unless we submit to God’s authority, we will not see His glory.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV)
Paul prayed that the church would discover their strength comes from understanding how much Jesus loved them. We may value knowledge, money, or influence, but they are insignificant compared to the treasure of God’s love. Christ’s adoration shields us from the criticism of others. When we are secure in His acceptance, we trust Him, feel no fear, (1 John 4:18 ESV) and enjoy life fully (John 10:10b ESV).
“ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)
Jesus is so strong that we cannot comprehend all that He will accomplish within us. I cannot explain why He invests His time in humankind, except He has unconditional, unfathomable love for each individual compels Him. This power is more evident as we acknowledge our weakness and rely on His strength. No longer do we sing, “for the Bible tells me so”. We can shout Jesus loves me this I know, because I have experienced His love.
• If you are not feeling Christ’s love, could it be you are not willing to be weak?
• Share in the comments one way He has shown His power in you.
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