“‘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. 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.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This verse is engraved beneath my name on the back of my iPad. It not only identifies that the gadget as mine, it reminds me of my hope not merely to cope in the challenges of life but to be strong in grace.
This promise of Jesus has been a means of his strengthening to me more times than I can count or even remember. Perhaps, because you are overwhelmed with hardships and confronted with your own weaknesses, Christ has appointed this word to strengthen you, too.
Here are four observations about the sufficient grace of Jesus Christ:
- Power — It is “power made perfect in weakness,” not just pardon. It is power to strengthen us as those who have been forgiven in Christ.
- Present — It is power of the crucified Christ to be relied upon in my life today, tomorrow and forever. This is “future grace.”
- Plenty — It is power sufficient for the hardships of your life. Christ’s power is enough for your need.
- Glory — To be weak and need the power of Christ is not a shameful thing. It is a glory, not a disgrace, to need grace. So Paul says at the end of the verse, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
How does seeing your weaknesses and relying on Christ’s strength bring glory to him and joy to you? What areas of your life are you most aware of your need for the sufficient grace and power of Christ?
Pray for grace, remembering this: “When I am weak, I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
Kenny Stokes is the Lead Pastor, Downtown Campus at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, and the visionary leader of the Network.