In 2 Corinthians 12, when the apostle Paul was buffeted by the messenger of satan, he asked God three times for it to depart from him. God's response was to let Paul know that the outflow of His grace was sufficient; that His strength was made perfect through Paul's weakness. Paul knew right then that the grace of God contained the power of God. He gave glory to his weakness knowing that the power of God would rest upon him. Paul exclaimed, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong!" (v.10) How many Christians today are willing to say they take pleasure in those things? Not many. Yet we will receive God's grace and power if we do just that.
Priest and Vicar of The Uprising ~ Ancient:Apostolic:Anglican Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Uprising is an Incarnational and Sacramental Anglican mission community seeking the spiritual renewal of our city through the grace, love, truth, and power of Christ.