“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9a (ESV)
The ways of God are radically different than what we experience in the world. The world tells us that only the strong survive. The world values those who can take care of themselves. We’re taught to look to our own strength as our source. We’re taught never to let others see our weakness.
But God values those who acknowledge their weakness in humility. His heart is for the destitute, the needy and the lost. Jesus spent His valuable, limited time with the prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers and sinners. And as a result, we who can never be perfect, who even at our best still can’t cut it, have renewed hope.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV) Paul writes, “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.” True growth and transformation aren’t the result of working in our own strength. We can’t change ourselves no matter how hard we try. Transformation is only possible when we declare the truth of our weakness, stop living in our own strength, and receive the power of a loving, present God. Transformation comes when we make room for the Holy Spirit to fill us, empower us and set us free, not because we are deserving of His help, but because He loves us.
Psalm 103:14 (ESV) says, “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” God doesn’t expect perfection from us. He knows perfection is unattainable. And instead of perfection, He asks for honesty. Instead of valuing our strength, He values our humility. What He asks of us, all of us can give. All of us can boast of our weaknesses as Paul did. All of us can look at our lives and declare our need for God’s grace. And in doing so, we receive power from on high. In acknowledging that “we are dust,” we gain the help of an Almighty, all-loving, ever-present God.
Stop trying to attain perfection in this life. Stop finding your value and identity in what you do. And look to God as your strength. Allow His love, power and help to be your source. Live in light of the truth that His strength is both able and available to you. May you enter into a season of peace founded on the limitless grace and power of your Heavenly Father.
— Craig Denison, First 15
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