Weak

There’s so much we want to do for Jesus!  We want to be strong!  We want to be bold!  We want to do things the right way, be faithful, serve, give it all.

We all do.  Sure we do.  We want to go big for Jesus.

And yet, somehow, most times, it doesn’t happen.  It doesn’t happen like we want.  We blow it.  We fall.  We fail.  Life turns out different than we planned.  We don’t get it right.

And we want to give up.  We feel so weak.

In those times, remember what happened in Mark 14: 37-39:

And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.

asleep-at-the-switchYou aren’t the first person that wanted to do it right for Jesus, but just couldn’t get it right.

You aren’t the first person that was ever weak.  Peter was too.  And he’s kinda a big deal.  He did big things.  He did great things.  He was faithful.  He was who God wanted Him to be.  He was a rock.

He was strong.

But, not every time.  Sometime, he was weak.

And that’s ok. Because when we are weak, God is strong.

He is.  You can trust that.  So, be faithful.  Do your best.  But remember, when are weak, He is strong.

And He’s got this.

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Boasting

Paul lived an amazing life. If you can see it, do it, or experience it, he pretty much did.

Both in terms that are pretty awesome – seeing Jesus, preaching across the world, starting churches, writing a good portion of the bible.

And things that were not so good – persecuting the church. Helping in the stoning of Stephen. Various kinds of trials and persecutions.

He has seen a lot. He had done a lot. He had a lot things to be proud of and a lot of things to hang in head in shame over. And today in 2 Corinthians 11:28-30, he talks about what it is that he will boast in. Listen to what he says.

And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

boasting_296He says that he will boast not in his strengths and accomplishments, which he had just listed a few verses before, but says that he will boast in the things that make him weak.

Who in the world does that? And if so, why in the world would they do it?

To show that their strength comes not from themselves, but from God. Paul says that he will boast in his weakness, because his weakness shows the power of God at work in his life.

So today, in that area of weakness in your life, that area of hurt and pain, in that area, you can boast. Why? Because that area can show the strength of God within you. Because it’s not you that does it or is faithful in that area. It’s God.

Today, don’t boast in your strength. Boast in your weakness. Because in your weakness, God’s strength is show.

Today, if we boast, may we boast in Him!

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