I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,
but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.
1 Corinthians 2:3-4
It is interesting that Paul came before his brothers in Christ in weakness with great fear and trembling. Paul had been considered a man of great pedigree, whose intellect was only surpassed by the confidence he had in it. But that was before he met Jesus Christ. That pivotal day on the road to Damascus, as Paul was blinded by heaven’s light, his eyes were opened to the reality that he had not even begun to understand what true power and knowledge were. From that point on, never again would he look upon his own life with pride and self-satisfaction. For when one’s life has been touched by Christ, it becomes dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11).
Christ had restored Paul’s vision to see the truth, and in doing so, Paul came face to face with his own weakness. Just as he had to be led by the hand into Damascus, his own life would become a step-by-step journey in which he would rely completely on the hand of God to lead him. Christ’s words to him became the anthem of his life: My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Because Paul embraced these words, God worked powerfully through him to make him one of the most influential servants for Christ the world has ever known.
God can work powerfully through us if we let His Spirit take over. Our own “wise and persuasive words” are not the answer. On the contrary, they actually become obstacles that hinder God’s power from coming to life within us. Ceaseless striving to do things in our own strength only results in frustrated efforts without eternal results. But embracing God’s power in our weakness results in God’s Spirit being demonstrated through us for His glory.
How miraculous that God can take weak, trembling people and turn them into vessels for His great power! Lord, let us be those people!
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Where do you find your strength?
by Jill Holler
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Jill Holler grew up on a farm in western Illinois, enjoying a life of running free through the pastures during the day and gazing at the countless shimmering stars at night. All around her, she could see the work of God’s creative hand, and she knew He was real. Yet it wasn’t until years later that she would discover the abundant life of faith that comes from taking hold of the living power that resides in God and His word. After struggling to find purpose and meaning for much of her young adult life, she found that it resides simply–yet powerfully–in Jesus Christ, her God and Savior.