Grace is Sufficient – Focus Scripture:
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.
God, help us to remember that your grace is all we need. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.