Aug 14, 2018
Jesus said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2Cor 12:9
The greatest form of power comes from desiring more grace and connection with Jesus.
The secret to power is not in the size of our strength, but in the size of our grace. Consider the person who has great physical strength but no character. That person would often leverage his power for selfish interests, making them a bully or worse. Then consider the one who has the strength, like a martial arts expert, but restrains it and chooses to suffer as if weak. That person’s restraint would be a greater power than their physical skills.
The power of God comes through grace instead of strength. He works through meekness and humility over arrogance and pride. Jesus delivers the greatest power through His saving grace. When we tap into grace, we will find the most powerful force on earth.
The power of grace shows up everywhere. It is in the forgiveness that helps a marriage stay together after pain or failure. It’s the power that helps children continue to obey their parents even after being ridiculed or mistreated. It’s the strength that empowers people to sacrifice themselves for their neighbor. It’s in the voice of the Spirit that encourages believers to follow a prompting.
Jesus changed the life of a legalistic non-believer named Saul through the power of grace. Instead of punishing Saul or ending his life, Jesus spoke to Saul, called him to believe, repaired his eyesight, and sent him forward with a powerful mission. It wasn’t rule or punishment that changed Saul into Paul, it was grace.
If you’re a parent, it won’t be your threats or conditions that mold your kids properly, it will be the grace you gave.
If you’re a business leader, your effectiveness won’t be through harder work or high demands, but through the grace you give your staff.
If you’re a skeptic of Jesus, you won’t come to know Him personally by following rules, but by embracing His love. The commands and rules will be your way of giving grace back ONCE YOU HAVE a relationship.
Grace is the power of life, so make an effort to tap into His grace more & more. Hunger for more connection to Jesus. Look for the gift of grace Jesus offers you every day. Then be a giver of grace to others, so that His power can be made perfect in you!