Per­fected Strength

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“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 tried; I re­ally did. I tried re­ally hard to be an ideal ex­am­ple of what a good Chris­tian should be. I did my level best to fol­low the Law and ev­ery re­li­gious rule and reg­u­la­tion I could get my hands on. I looked up to those pas­tors and re­li­gious lead­ers whom I thought had the best tes­ti­mony and I put forth my best ef­fort to em­u­late them. I did all of this be­liev­ing that God would love and bless me more for be­ing a “strong” and “pure” Chris­tian. But there was al­ways this prob­lem…my hu­man­ity kept get­ting in the way. No mat­ter how much I worked, prayed, gave and fasted, I kept com­ing up short of the mark; way short.

My weak­nesses were greater than my flimsy ef­forts to be “all that”. My sin was deeper and wider than my own re­li­gious arms could man­age to reach. My “faith­ful­ness” was in­con­sis­tent, my “pu­rity” trou­bled me, and the re­li­gious masks I had worn for so long were ir­ri­tat­ing my face. I was in dis­tress, in debt and dis­con­tented. I was tired, burned out, dis­cour­aged, and hope­less. I was sick of my­self. I was weary of fight­ing the bat­tle and los­ing more ground than I had gained.

But then I heard about some­thing called grace…God’s mar­velous, scan­dalous, sov­er­eign, all-em­brac­ing grace.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still a mess. I am still not as pure and faith­ful as I ought to be. But I am learn­ing to re­lax; to em­brace my weak­nesses be­cause Je­sus’ grace is suf­fi­cient for me. I do want to get bet­ter. I de­sire more pu­rity and faith­ful­ness in my life. But now, I have Christ’s suf­fi­cient grace; He is perfecting His strength in my weak­ness, and this is far greater than any pu­rity or faith­ful­ness that I could ever ob­tain by my own “good” works.

And the best part is that all of this was His idea, not mine.

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