December 30, 2018
2018 has come to an end, already, and this is the time when we start setting goals and making resolutions for the New Year. Among other things, we resolve to be more self-controlled, self-disciplined, self-reliant, self-motivated, more loving, more reliable, etc. To state it succinctly, more successful. And, those are not necessarily bad goals. The problem is that they are inwardly focused; they rely on the self as the source of change. But, in reality, we can do nothing apart from God’s power. And Jesus tells us as much in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” And Paul, the titan of the faith, knew this and had this to say in Romans 7: 18, “… I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” So, what if we were to turn it around and shift our focus from ourselves, and instead focus on the real source of the change that we desire? In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Lord tells Paul (and us, of course), “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In who’s weakness? In ours. Paul got it, and in the next verse he tells us, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” You see, God’s glory is on display when He does a work in us that brings about change. So, what if we were to turn it around and adopt Paul’s mindset, in this New Year? What if we resolved to rely on God as the source of our strength and direction, our source of change, instead of ourselves? Will we “allow” God to display His power in us through our weakness? Will we make room for God to bring forth the change in our lives that we so desperately need?