2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
The Apostle Paul had just given a list of all the things he could boast about in who he was as a person and all the experiences and wonderful revelations he had from the Lord that set him apart from other Christians , then something happened to him. It says in verse 7, “I was given a thorn in my flesh…to keep me from becoming proud.”
As a believer in Christ, I believe the thing that is most important to remember is that we have to continue to stay connected to God like branches to a vine, otherwise we will wither and die. The way we live, our successes in whatever profession or vocation we have, does not amount to anything apart from the grace that is at work in our lives. The more conscious we are of living IN Him, the more aware we are that we MUST rely on His power as we live our lives every single day, remaining humble in knowing that without Him we can’t do anything, the greater our testimony will be of God’s goodness manifesting in our lives. Our life isn’t just about us, but about living out His will, manifesting His love, relying on His grace and power, being a blessing to others. It is about “Christ in me, my hope of glory.”
Let us end this year thanking Him for all He has done. Let us enter 2017 with a knowing that because we are in Christ, our lives are in His hand, our future is in His control; and as we continue to rely on Him, we can be a greater blessing to the lives we touch and influence, for His glory.
Have a blessed new year!