I spent a good part of last week meditating on Luke 5:31.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
I spent some time thinking on my weaknesses, not to demoralise myself or provide a platform for the devil to leverage on, but more to recount how much I need the Lord in the smallest things as well as in the things I consider big.
I thought to myself that ‘those of us who shout the most about God are the ones who need Him the most’, it appears differently to people in the world cause they think we’re so strong that we daily call upon His name in our closets and to the world.
It took 2 conversations to realise that the only reason I talk and shout about God the way I do is because daily my eyes are open further to my weakness and I become more aware of the strength that Jesus makes available in me. No one ever ‘arrives’ with God. The only arrival is before Him when He returns and separates the sheep from the goats.
I got excited at this realisation because it made me know how helpless I was before being found by Christ and how amply supplied I am daily since meeting Him. Even as it becomes second nature to me to seek after what God seeks after, I think it would be ungrateful to ever forget that daily I’m moving on grace wings, running with Christ strength and doing all that I do with His ability. It is such a liberating realisation that I was the one God came for as described in Luke 5:31.
It also made me realise how more intentional I should be with telling people that observe strength in my life that it is that of God and not of myself, and also more conscious that each time people see consistency, dedication and diligence in my life, spiritually and otherwise, I should be quick to point them to my source. It takes pressure off me to try to be without Him.
I hope you look at yourself and your life as often as possible and quickly realise that your strength or ability could not have got you anywhere and then surrender to the One who works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Just as it is in Gods light that we light, it is also in His strength that we see strength because all weaknesses diminish.
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This is a timely post. Just the other day, I was challenged by a friend to consider my weaknesses AND my strengths. It can be uncomfortable thinking about your shortcomings, but it’s helpful to remember God is over all. Thank you for a good word.
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Thanks for sharing David and you are so correct, it can be uncomfortable but like you said, it is a reminder of Gods strength in a man and I don’t know but I want to remember that as often as I can, keeps me in check and also close to my daily source.
Thanks for this Rubie, this is a reminder that without Christ we really can’t get anything done based on our own strength, He’s the one who deserves all the accolades because our strength is limited, He basically supplies all we need to accomplish what He has set before us.