The world has a way of breaking us down and sucking us in. No matter how hard we try, sin always seems to end up seeping into the better part of our lives. The answer to this frustration is found only in the Cross of Christ.
The Cross isn’t new, but it is always fresh. Although Jesus told many stories of grace, Jesus is never recorded saying the word “grace” in the Bible, because grace is not to be taught; the Gospel is to be taught and the grace of its message is to be experienced. Grace cannot be explained; it must be experienced. The Gospel is not an initiation; it is fuel for our service. As servants of God, we are not called to just receive grace, but to live it out!
As our weakness increases, God’s grace is able to fill even more space. Romans 5:20 says, “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.” (NLT) When you fall flat on your face, are you frustrated by your performance or even more overwhelmed by God’s grace? 2 Corinthians 12:9 says,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (NIV) But we don’t often feel this way.
We will never be self-sufficient. But when we turn to the masters of this world as our source of sufficiency, they fail to offer any help, because our empty voids are not filled in created things, but only in the Creator Himself. Despite our imperfections and rebellion, God is perfect in His pursuit and restoration. The Good News is, despite our inevitable inconsistency, God is forever consistent. We don’t have to keep a consistent hold on perfection because the grace of God keeps a consistent hold on us. This is why in the next verse (2 Corinthians 12:10), Paul proclaims, “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.” (NIV)
Christianity isn’t about getting stronger or even doing better. Christianity is about realizing more and more how weak you really are and how strong God is through your weaknesses. Welcome to Christian growth. When we come to the realization that we are nothing by ourselves, we discover through the Gospel that we are everything in Christ.
Hunter Kallay, author of "Plug in Your Life." He is a Christian leader and speaker.