God Promises His Grace Is Sufficient

2corinthians12_9“But he 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

Have you done great things?  Do you have the perfect family?  Have you successfully avoided sin?  Have you had all your health troubles eliminated?  Have you always done your best and found great success in your job?

No?  Me either.

Yet, God promises,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Just before today’s verse, Paul tells an interesting story.  First, he starts by not so subtly saying that he had been shown visions  and may have even been taken to heaven (kind of like John did in Revelation) and had heard amazing things he can’t even talk about.  Wow!  Paul’s pretty awesome right?  He’s a kinda super-Christian or something.

903164566_0c60f3b8b9_zBut then Paul continues saying that God had given him “a thorn was given [him] in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass [him].”  Paul says he asked…no pleaded with God three times to take it away and God said, “No.”  Man, for God to give Paul a thorn in the flesh like that and refuse to take it away…Paul must be some pathetic, loser-Christian or something.

The point is, Paul isn’t a super-Christian or a loser-Christian.  Paul has been called a child of God by the grace of God and that is enough.  In fact, as Christians, we are all called children of God by the grace of God.  No super-Christians or loser-Christians here.  Sometimes God calls us to things we might regard as amazing and sometimes he calls us to things that others would yawn at.  But neither is better than the other.  We are all solely called by the grace of God, not our own works.  In fact, it is in our weakness that God is glorified because instead of pointing to ourselves, we can only point to Christ.  It’s humbling at times and it’s reassuring all the time.

So, next time you look at your life and think, I wish I was more of a super-Christian like so-n-so or next time God doesn’t remove the thorn you’ve begged Him to remove, remember God’s promise.  His grace is sufficient for you.

Dear Jesus,

Sometimes life doesn’t go the way I want.  There are struggles and there are times I wish I doing more amazing things in Your name.  Thank you that it isn’t about whether I do great things, it’s about Your grace.  And thank You that I know when life has struggles I can still rest in knowing that Your grace is sufficient then, too.

Amen