How to succeed by being weak

Christians are sometimes ashamed of their weaknesses, because the world will not — cannot — admit them. So we hide them, to our detriment. They are not to be flaunted, nor given rein, but they are to be confessed and delivered up to Christ, so that his power may work in them and through them.

The words of the apostle Paul about his weaknesses are not strange to us. But weakness is affirmed for the Lord Jesus as well.

“For indeed he was crucified by reason of weakness, but he lives because of God’s power. For we also are weak in him, but we will live together with him, because of God’s power toward you” 2 Corinthians 13.4. Continue reading “How to succeed by being weak”

Watch for leaps of growth

It is absolutely true that God works over time in our lives to mature and sanctify us. Each day for the saint is a day of learning, growth, and a continual drawing near to him (1 Peter 2:4). Each experience, each moment of suffering, each opportunity for service provides the disciple with gradual steps toward the final goal of full sanctification and eternal life. Continue reading “Watch for leaps of growth”