Friends in Christ


Weekly Messages About Us Spiritual Practice Handouts
Facebook logo Friends in Christ on Facebook

Site Map

Contact Us


Search this site

Friends in Christ Weekly Message
July 7, 2012

[NOTE: This message was originally published July 5, 2003.]
     At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,

     My grace is enough; it's all you need.
     My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size - abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (Message*)

A handicap a gift? That sure sounds strange. And the apostle Paul never says just what this handicap was. But that's unimportant, because the passage makes clear that this attitude should apply to any kind of limitation we face.

The key here is not depending on our own strength, but to let Christ's strength work through us. The stronger and more capable we feel, the more we are tempted to try to do things in our own strength. When we feel called to something but don't feel strong or competent enough to carry it out, then we may be much quicker to rely on Christ to do it through us. Even if we have no obvious limitations, we can't begin to do what Christ can. Thus the seeming paradox that "the weaker I get, the stronger I become."

May we each quit bellyaching about our weaknesses, our bad breaks, opposition we face, etc. May we trust that God's grace is indeed enough; it's all we need. May we let Christ take over in our lives, and glory that His strength is shown in our weakness. Praise God!

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

©2003, 2012 Friends in Christ, Inc.

Previous Message

Go to previous message
Chronological list of messages

List of messages by scriptural references
Next Message

Go to next message

Friends in Christ, Inc.
701 King Farm Blvd. #134
Rockville, MD 20850-6168

Home . Weekly Message . Bible Study groups . Site Map
Values . Who We Are . What People Say About Us
Open Worship . Using the Bible. Silence
Jesus Prayer . St. Patrick's Breastplate
Contact Us . Support Us

Document last modified on Saturday, 18-Aug-2012 20:39:29 EDT