I’ll be honest, I tend to forget stuff. I have a phone that I record dates and events and I even have a notebook where I write things down, but even with that, there are times that I forget stuff. There was once a time that I could manage my calendar and my to-do list in my head. I don’t know how I did it but I could remember important dates and times, along with names and numbers.
I don’t know whether it’s because we are now so dependent on tech, but I find that I am forgetting more and I constantly need to open up my calendar and my to-do list to get stuff done. Maybe I’m getting older – and I’m ok with that – but there are times where I feel that while the body is willing, the brain is slowing me down. J
I have really seen this lived out in my life in the last month or so. Most of you know that I’ve been battling this nasty bronchitis and sinus infection. It has really worn me down; I just finished my second round of antibiotics and it still doesn’t feel gone. I am not one to be whining about it, but I am sure that my family and those I work with are tired of hearing me sigh or complain that I don’t feel 100%. I think I am on the mend but it’s taking its own sweet time.
Recently I was reading 2 Cor 12: 8-10 and was reminded of these words of the Apostle Paul.
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I know that Paul was dealing with a lot more than a bad cold but I was really feeling that I needed God’s strength to keep going. Sundays keep coming and there are people that need encouragement and support.
God has been so faithful and provided the strength to press into Him and press on. Then last Sunday, do you remember the verse that God gave us about faithful ministry?
Yep, Colossians 1:29: “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
Faithful ministry (to which we are all called), is energised/powered by Him alone. It’s not our strength but His – and by His grace He provides it to us exactly when we need it. This is so that the glory goes to Him and not us.
Remember church, God’s power is at work in you to minister the gospel in word and deed. Press into this truth and press on for His glory. Watch what He does in your life! You will be amazed in how He can use you! He is looking for our weakness so that He can show His strength!
Aaron Groat, Senior Pastor
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