|Weakness can be discouraging. If we feel too weak to do the work, we might just want to quit. Even if that work is serving the Lord.|
I remember serving the Lord in Aguascalientes, Mexico with a man whose body was failing him. He limped along with a cane. His body was wracked with continual pain. His wife had left him for another man. And yet, there was this joy. His face was shining with the light of Jesus. And down the sidewalk he went, limping along with a cane in one hand and gospel tract invitations to our crusade in the other hand. Distributing gospel literature by God’s power. God’s power was sufficient to keep Him serving the Lord even when his own physical and emotional weakness was overwhelming.
Our weakness is actually part of God’s plan. We’re jars of clay. Cracked pots. Earthen vessels. Ideal containers for the display of God’s power.
“7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.” -2 Corinthians 4:7–12 (ESV)
So when your strength fails and your weakness is overwhelming, just remember that there is a treasure inside of you. Your fragile life is the ideal container for God’s surpassing power to be displayed. Today, you might be limping. Your heart may be breaking. But there is a light that is shining. There is a power that is strengthening. Today, you will not be crushed. You will not be driven to despair. You will not be forsaken or destroyed. God will powerfully keep you from these things. So don’t quit. Never give up. Keep serving the Lord by the strength He supplies and prepare to be amazed as the life of Jesus is manifested in your body. Just like it was in my friend’s body as he walked down the sidewalk with a cane in his hand and a smile on his face.