2 Corinthians 12:9 - But He (Jesus) said to me, "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.
Do you need an upgrade? Whatever device you use, upgrades are part of life. If you are online, your computer and your software need to be up to date. If you are on your smartphone, the operating system needs to be up to date as well. Your smart TV or Blu-ray player need updates. The necessity for updates is not simply derived from the desire for better things. No, in our world, they are a necessity.
Upgrades and updates are a necessity because there are people who like to steal your information. Updates and upgrades are essential because there are people who like to destroy your computers for fun. In order to stave off cyber threats, companies must constantly update their software. In order to use the internet or anything connected in the cloud, we must update our devices or upgrade our technology in order to be safe.
But wouldn't it be great if what we had for our software, spyware, and hardware was totally sufficient, not just meager and adequate for the moment? Wouldn't it be nice if our computers and phones no longer issued upgrade or update notices?
Well, that's the tension in our lesson for today. The apostle Paul thought he needed an upgrade for his life. He had a thorn in his flesh. He had a condition that made him feel insufficient. He prayed to the Lord to remove it. But Jesus did not address the insufficiency in Paul. He reminded Paul that His grace is sufficient for the apostle in all things.
In a world in which everything is in constant need of a better solution, a fresh idea, or the "next big thing," God teaches us to rest securely in His grace. Psalm 46:10a says it this way: "Be still, and know that I am God." Stop. Think. Remember. His grace is sufficient for you.
We can rest in God because He has accomplished all that we need. Jesus, on the cross, said, "It is finished" (see John 19:30). Elsewhere, Paul reminds the Corinthians that no matter how many promises God has made, they are all Yes! in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 1:20). Your sins. Forgiven. Eternal life. Yours.
And, incredibly, this God who provides for all our spiritual needs is with us every day as well. He invites us to trust in Him for daily bread. He encourages us to trust that He will care for us more than He does the sparrows and the plants.
Updates. Upgrades ... for you computers, for your phones, yes, but for your life with God. No, God tells us that His grace in Christ is sufficient. Period. Think about what that clear Word from God to you really means, for life today, tomorrow, and forever.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, grant me the confidence to know and believe that all I need I find in Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
From "Sufficient Grace for Our Glaring Deficiencies," a message from Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, former Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
1. What do you do to refresh your perspective when you feel like you're in a rut?
2. What are three promises of God you hold especially near and dear?
3. Are there people in your life who are rejuvenated, so to speak, when they see you?
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