“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9,10 (NIV)
As we go forward to carry out our mission to make disciples, we face two potential errors.
The first error is to make disciples out of our own efforts.
As Christian healthcare professionals, that will most likely be our error because we are used to getting things done on our own.
We have a tendency to rely only on our own natural talents and abilities.
Paul was a great Jewish scholar who had been trained by the most learned teachers of his day. He was at the head of his class in Pharisee graduate school.
But before God could use him…Paul had to be humbled.
Paul had to learn how truly weak he was.
God’s purpose in showing us our weakness is to cause us to rely more on Him. We never rely on the Lord until we recognize our need of Him. Until that time, we will rely on whatever natural talent and ability God has given us. We will operate out of our own power and attempt to make disciples in our own way.
God will show us our weaknesses and help us understand that His way is far greater than our way.
He may allow us to experience failure…discouragement…and rejection in order to show us our weakness and need to depend on Him.
The second error is the opposite.
We may be so aware of our weakness and lack of ability to make disciples that we fail to engage in the process of making disciples.
Too much emphasis on our weaknesses creates fear to engage others.
The answer is the same.
We will only show success in bringing others to true faith and growth in their relationship with Jesus as we acknowledge and depend on the empowering of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
God will enable…but we must be willing to trust His enabling.
Prayer: Lord, help me remember that You work best in the midst of my weakness and need to depend on You.