“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.”
God puts Himself inside us and calls us a tabernacle. God breathed reality confounds the wisest amongst us.
God is more extravagant than we can imagine. He is our faithful King.
Man made religion makes sense to man but the reality and sense of God is beyond what we could dream up or imagine.
Our weakness is a portal into the kingdom. Our yielded-ness and surrender is our offering.
God has already poured Himself out completely at the cross. He is already completely available. It is a case of our realisation of that availability that becomes our access.
Yes we seek Him, and we seek righteousness and we have an authentic hungering but He is already there and there is always more.
It is introspective to focus on what we are not. That unhelpfully creates shame in our perceived lacking. We can become stuck and despondent in that place.
This is where we find the joy in repentance because we hand over what we are not. We give it to God and He discards it.
Our surrender turns our lack into prayer allowing God to comfort, rescue, strengthen and for us to rest and receive.
There is no striving or effort. We cannot earn what He has already chosen to give.
The more we boast of our weakness the more we acknowledge His grace, power and strength.
“On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—”
We trust Him more than ourselves. We turn our heart and attention back to Him. Allow Christ within us, His beauty and presence to pour out of our lives.
He is always the vine, the source. We were never meant to produce the fruit. He is willing to do so when we abide in Him.
We could not imagine that He chooses to manifest Himself by being poured into a clay jar. That He chooses and desires to be revealed from here.
Our sensation of separateness is not real. We are in the vine.
Jesus takes hold and heals our pain always.
He never pushes it aside. We chose Him and He breaths fresh breath of life His Ruah into us.
Our weakness is a blessing when it enables us to host and reveal Christ’s strength. It is never about us, we but point always to Him.
“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.”
His strength always glorifies Him. Fruits of His Holy Spirit can only be exhibited by abiding within the vine. Equally His gifts.
He knows us by name and chooses our clay jar to use. Our weakness to exhibit His strength through.
The illustration shows the clay pot known by name to pour the Holy Spirit into to hold the fruits and gifts of Christ to emanate light that pushes back the darkness.
Three Scriptures that come to mind:
“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.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
“On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—”. 2 Corinthians 12:5 ESV
“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 12:10 ESV
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