Chapel Reflections

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Chapel Reflections

Grace is Sufficient – Focus Scripture:

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

I had spent months thinking about my field placement – so excited about the prospect of learning how to minister to God’s people through a chaplaincy internship. I was feeling fairly confident and eager to get started. I felt in charge of the matter and was raring to go. No problem I thought; I was in control.

When it was my turn to ask questions on the first day, I raised my hand: “How should we dress?” I enquired. “We wear the collar here,” was the reply. So, I went to the clergy supply store and decided to try on the garment before I purchased it. After much commotion, I put the collar on and stood in front of the mirror.

My reflection startled me at first, as a kind of reverence washed over me. It wasn’t until that very minute that it struck me: God had really called me, had singled me out, and had given me something to do.

All kind of questions filled my head. Do I know enough? Have I prepared enough? Am I patient enough, strong enough, compassionate enough? Just exactly what lies ahead? Then I closed my eyes and whispered a prayer: “Dear God am I worthy enough to do your will?”

Immediately, I recalled the scripture in 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10. I realized in that instant that regardless of how well I had fleshed out the details for this new journey on which I had embarked, I was definitely not in control. I was entering a realm that was completely unfamiliar to me. In my past, I had always been confident, and qualified and sure. Yet now I felt only weak and vulnerable.

I reflected on Paul. Like me, he was just a human with weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Yet he served Christ faithfully. These limitations – his “thorn in the flesh” – kept him from basking in pride and arrogance. I realized that God’s power is made perfect in the midst of my moments of weakness. God is strong when I am weak, and I can rely on God to lead me, support me, fill me, and use me for the ministry to which I have been called.

I don’t worry these days. When I just don’t know how to get from Point A to Point B in service to God’s people, I can surrender to the power of God, for when I am weak He is strong. God’s grace is sufficient for me.

Prayer

God, help us to remember that your grace is all we need. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

 

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