Grace & Perfection

There are some passages in Scripture that will take an eternity for me to fully fathom.  Second Corinthians 12:9 is one of those passages.  It is a truth statement from the Lord to Paul addressing the nature of His grace in the life of Paul as he deals with the reality of his “thorn in the side”.  The Lord tells Paul

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

I kid you not…it will take an eternity!  There is so much to this verse.

First there is the sufficiency of God’s grace.  Whatever the situation, whatever the need, whatever the sin, whatever the failure, whatever the trial, whatever the time, no matter how high the mountain is or how low the valley goes…His grace is sufficient for me.  His grace covers my sin.  His grace grants me an eternity in His presence.  His grace lets me see past the fog of fear and beyond the perils of pain.  His grace is sufficient when mankind is ungracious.

Second, His grace gives evidence of His perfect power in wren on rosemy weakness!  When I try to fix things on my own, remove the trial on my own, I fail to give God the opportunity to demonstrate His perfect power.  Think about that for a second….my weakness is an opportunity to lean deeper still into His grace…into His perfect power and in that solution there is perfection.  I can do nothing perfectly no matter how hard I might try.  But by trusting in God’s grace in my weakness His perfection thrives.

I still do not understand it fully…but I understand it a little better.  Every day, every trial, every weakness is yet another opportunity for me to look at those “thorns” in my life and to trust wholly in the powerful, all-sufficient, perfect grace of my Lord and Savior.

His humble servant…

In recent months the Lord has put it on my heart to express some thoughts and insights around servant leadership, discipleship, and evangelism.  While I am quite certain that my thoughts will at times ramble a bit, and my punctuation may miss the mark sometimes, you have to remember that that this is a blog and not a thesis!  I am confident that in time the Lord will put topics on my heart through His holy word as well as through the events that happen while living and serving Him.   It is my prayer that at the very least you might be encouraged or challenged in your own walk with the Lord as you seek to love and serve Him with all your heart, soul, and with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:5).

I am not usually very bold in taking a position or in “putting myself out there”, but as a believer I am called to be bold in my faith.  I am not ashamed to proclaim my faith before men.  Seriouscropped-rock-of-my-salvation.jpgly, how could I possibly be ashamed of the Lord who, by His grace, through faith in Him alone, has fully paid the ransom for my sin, granted me salvation, and blessed me with eternal life?   I pray that the Lord will give me the strength and courage to write in a manner that will shine the light of His truth and that will only bring glory and honor to Him, and Him alone.  Please know that I am not writing that I might be seen or heard,  rather I want to write that those who read will see the Lord at work and to share some of the incredible, and sometimes painful, trials and lessons that the Lord has sustained me though.

If you do not know the Jesus as your Lord and savior and you want to know more about who Jesus Christ is I would love to let you know about who he is…but know this for a fact…He loves you.  No matter what, He loves you.  John 3:16-17 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

His humble servant.