His Grace Is Enough
By: Emily Rose Massey
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
I saw a graphic shared on Facebook the other day that said: “She believed she couldn’t, and she was right. But God, when she gave Him every broken piece of herself, He used it all for His glory.”
This isn't a popular message right now - admitting your weakness, admitting your limits. You won't get many followers, likes, or shares for it, that's for sure!
You know what will?
"Girl, you are in charge of making your dreams happen!"
"Hustle and slay all day, girlfriend!"
"Stop accepting less than you deserve."
"You are in control of your own life."
...all shouted loudly by the widely successful author/speaker/entrepreneur/reality TV star/blogger/Instagram influencer/Facebook viral sensation.
That is the message that echos in our culture of women empowerment, and it really is a message of false hope. The ultimate answer to our success is not found in our own abilities and talents. We cannot even take credit for those things because they were given to us as gifts from the Creator of the universe.
Beloved, if you are a believer, know that your life is much more useful in the hands of the Savior's than in your own. His power and strength are really what we need.
This reminds me of the verses in 2 Corinthians 12 that the Apostle Paul penned:
“But [Jesus] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (9-10).
This message is so countercultural, but so much truth can be found in it. Much like the apostle Paul, I believe it is important to gladly boast in our weakness, for it shows the world that our faith truly lies in Christ and not in ourselves. Jesus tells us that there is strength to be found there, not because we are awesome and capable and in control, but because He is.
Your strength isn't about how hard you can slay or hustle. Real strength comes from total dependency on God. His strength will always be made perfect in our weakness. What blooms in your life will be beautiful because of Him.
Author and artist, Ruth Chou Simmons says it this way: “God demonstrating His glory through your dependency is your real story, and He’s writing it day-by-day through deepening roots and newly formed buds.”
Your story of walking with Jesus is not about your works or what you can do to look more like Him in your own power or strength, it is about working with grace and allowing it to do its work in you and through you. The more you lean into His grace, the more you will see growth and maturity in your heart and life. Through this dependency on Him, you will make Jesus famous and not your own name. God alone will receive all the glory that is due His name.
We must remind our hearts that His grace is enough to walk through this life, even when we feel so incredibly weak and powerless and incapable of what we feel God has called us to do. May we learn how to surrender our life to Jesus every single day and trust that He will use it all for His glory.
Are you finding yourself “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” to accomplish a task that the Lord has given you? When was the last time you asked God for His help in an area you were struggling? If you find it difficult to admit your weakness, know that a safe place to run is into the arms of God. May we not walk in our own strength and learn how to humble ourselves before God so we can see Him work in our heart and life. This will help shine a light on how real and faithful God is to the world who are looking for real strength to get through the trials of life.
Emily Massey began writing short stories and poetry as a little girl, entered the blogging world in her early 20s, and published her first book in 2015. She enjoys being a stay-at-home momma while still being able to pursue her passion as a writer. Believing she has been forgiven much, she loves much, and desires to point others to Christ and His redemptive and transforming power, especially by sharing truth found in God’s written word. If you would like to connect with Emily, you can visit www.wewouldratherhavejesus.com.
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