Published : Friday, March 14, 2014 | 3:04 PM
â€œIn our society, strength (or, at least imagined strength) is applauded; and weakness is thought of as a defect. God doesnâ€™t allow us to stay with the idea that we are strong. Oh, we may have that idea, but the Lord is going to disabuse us one way or another.â€ â€“ J.I. Packer, â€œWeakness is the Wayâ€
Fridayâ€™s Prayer: Ask God for gospel grace to honestly tell your story to others.
The older I get, the less impressed I am with bravado in Christian leaders. It contradicts that Scriptures at so many levels it is difficult for me to understand why I ever thought it was a characteristic Christians should have. Whether it is the T.V. preacher with swagger or the tough-talking theological type, the model of strong Christian that I was exposed to as a young, enthusiastic Christian was just such a figure.
Jesus has a different plan for us. Itâ€™s called humility. Itâ€™s called brokenness before Him and others.
â€œBe completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another.â€ – Ephesians 4:2
I canâ€™t wait to read the great J.I. Packerâ€™s latest book, â€œWeakness is the Way.â€ If you will watch the YouTube trailer for it, you, too, will find yourself saying, â€œI want to hear what this guy has to say.â€ Packer references Paulâ€™s struggle with pride found in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Paul says with clarity that to keep him from becoming conceited, God allowed a struggle to continue in Paulâ€™s life â€“ one that would require Him to daily see Godâ€™s grace to cope. Godâ€™s power could and would only be demonstrated and appropriated in Paulâ€™s life when he was was weak. Then God could be strong.
The fourth component of Prismâ€™s â€œStrategyâ€ to reach others is to yieldâ€¦to obey God.
P.R.A.Y. â€“ Position ourselves to befriend others, Request Godâ€™s help opening doors, Avail ourselves to our friends, and Yield to Godâ€™s plan to speak for Him.
Yielding to Godâ€™s plan for many of us is simply a willingness to allow others to see us as weak. It is precisely at the moment when we humble ourselves that Jesus gets to show up and be the hero.
â€œGod opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.â€ â€“ James 4:6
Have a great weekend!
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