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From the Pen of David O

16-08-10 David OI originally wrote this as a Summer OFF team devotional, but it really applies to any undertaking. Whether it is something small and “insignificant” or something large and life-changing, the principle remains the same. It holds true for Summer OFF, for college prepping, and for disciple-making.

"But he 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong"                   2nd Corinthians 12:9-10

We’ve come to the end of Summer OFF for this week. For some people, this is the end their 3rd week. It is tiring. When I’m tired, my performance suffers, and then I feel inadequate and unable to do this. At that point, I generally become unwilling even to continue, because it’s hard and, honestly, I’m incapable. I’m sure some of you have felt that this week. I was really feeling that this morning, especially as I tried to come up with this devotional!

But that’s exactly where we need to be: to be in a place where we’ve done all we can, and there is more to do that we do not have the strength for. That is where, like Paul, we delight in our weaknesses. We lean in close to Christ, and we ask for his strength to refill us. When we are weak then we are strong. And it’s not about us delighting in our weakness so WE can be powerful, but delighting in our weakness so JESUS can be powerful through us. That is where incredible things begin to happen.

You don’t need me to tell you that Summer OFF is hard (or that life is hard), but in our dependent weakness, Jesus is strongest. So let’s admit our weakness and pray for Christ’s strength: strength to finish well and strength to fill us with Gospel clarity, with love, and with boldness...for the kids in the park and for the glory of God.