Saturday, April 5, 2014
POWERFUL MISSION LIVING DOESN'T COME FROM OUR STRENGTHS BUT THROUH OUR WEAKNESSES!
POWERFUL MISSIONAL LIVING COMES NOT FROM OUR STRENGTHS
BUT FROM OUR WEAKNESSES!
"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. 12:8,9 (NIV)
According to God's word through the Apostle Paul's example Christians who want to live powerful missional lives need to learned to "BOAST" or "DELIGHT" in their weaknesses. Now that's a totally different way of looking at our weaknesses! And it looks totally WRONG! Beginning to embrace this way of thinking about our weaknesses is going to take some time to wrap your minds and our hearts around it. It's a totally different perspective that comes across totally crazy. But in order to get to the place where we can accept this new way of thinking we need to look at Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV),
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Why does this way of looking at our weakness look so backwards? Because we don't think about things the way God thinks about them! His perspective is totally different about life than our perspective! He is Holy and perfect and we are sinners through and through. Of course God's way of viewing life would be completely opposite from your way. We think God wants to use our strengths but instead we learn that God wants to use our weaknesses.
Why does God chose to use our foolish weakness to accomplish His extraordinary work?
"For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." 1 Cor. 1:25-29 (NIV)
Why? So that no one, not a single person, can stand up and boast of the great things he has done for God! The only boasting that God want to happen, when His extraordinary work is accomplished, is us boasting of:
THE GREAT THINGS GOD HAS ACCOMPLISHED EVEN
THROUGH OUR WEAKNESS!
So, if you want to live a powerful missional life where the Light of Christ shines brightly through you and into your part of this dark world, then you will need to embrace the concept that God wants to accomplish His great work through your weakness.
PRAISE GOD FOR THIS WAY OF DOING THINGS!
FOR IT IS ONLY A TRUE AND LIVING GOD THAT CAN USE EVEN OUR WEAKNESSES TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GREATNESS!
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So, here's the challenge we are faced with! Whose perspective on our weaknesses are we going to accept? Ours or Gods? If we accept ours we will never truly engage in the missional life that Christ has called us to because we will always feel our weaknesses disqualify us. But if we, by faith, accept God's perspective then we will wholeheartedly accept the mission because we will understand that nothing, not even our weaknesses, can hinder us, let alone stop us, from living that powerful missional life that Christ is leading us into.
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