Theme of the Week: Gotta Be Weak to Be Strong
Monday, February 24, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: I don't mean that we are able to do anything good ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do. (2 Corinthians 3:5, ERV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 3:1-6
As a varsity wrestler in high school, I was fortunate to be named to the first-team, all-city squad. I won a lot of matches, but it took important lessons to get to that level.
Early on, I struggled with some of the moves. I started out trying to push the big guys around using my strength. My inability to beat my opponent wasn't for lack of effort, because no one on the team worked harder than I did.
But all my effort was to no avail until my coach pulled me aside one day. He said if I could focus my energy on two basic moves—the arm drag/duck under and a pivoting stand-up—I would do fine. Both moves made me look and feel vulnerable. But you know what? Coach was right. By concentrating on two moves that had been some of the hardest for me to master, I became a pretty good wrestler. By changing my focus I changed my outcome.
This is an important principle in the Christian life as well. Our goal is to "win" for God. By becoming vulnerable and depending on God, we are able to discover the places where he can do his work through us.
—Harry R. Jackson Jr. in You Were Born for More
My Response: What situations at work, home, or other places cause me to feel vulnerable and even incompetent? What might God want to teach me or show me through these situations?
Adapted from You Were Born for More by Harry R. Jackson Jr. (Chosen, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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