God's Grace
Anonymous - April 29, 2016

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) I recently shared these verses with a good friend of mine who had been really struggling for a good few months with various issues and big changes and I thought, “Oh, they will be so encouraged by this.” And they most definitely were encouraged! However, I am realizing now, in this season of my own life, how desperately I need this daily reminder of God’s grace. Here’s a little backstory: I can be (and always have been) a bit of a perfectionist. Throughout my years in elementary, middle, and high school, I was an A student. I never got into trouble. I participated in many extracurricular activities and always strived to be “perfect” in all of them. I’m not saying this to say “Hey, look at me!” I’m saying all of this to paint a picture of how much pressure I put on myself, from a very young age, to be perfect. One of my all time, least favorite things in life is disappointing people. I don’t like it. What if someone finds out that I’m not perfect? What if they see the scars, the mistakes, and the screwed up attempts? I’ve tried to fake it in the past and have come up with this conclusion: the struggle to be perfect is absolutely exhausting. Never have I ever been perfect, so I don’t know why I tend to think that that is something I can achieve on my own. There eventually came a point in my life where I had to sit myself down and remind myself of the whole point of the Gospel. We can’t save ourselves from the consequences of sin (“missing the mark”), so God sent someone who could: the Perfect and Spotless Lamb, Jesus. At that moment, I was and still am reminded of how incredible God’s grace is, and I can immediately feel the weight of my personal pressure to be perfect being lifted from my shoulders. Brennan Manning states in a book of his, “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” I am not under God’s grace because I worked really hard for it. Instead, I am under His grace because He loves me and because I have confessed my sin, my state of imperfection, and have allowed Him to be my strength. If there is any good in me, it’s because it’s Him. If we were good on our own, there would be no need for mercy, no need for grace, no need for a Savior. Therefore, I boast in the fact that I’m imperfect because I know that I serve a God who is always loving, always faithful, always perfect. I acknowledge that I need Him, and that He is all I need. He is strong when I am weak, all day, everyday, and that is all right with me. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions