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The Weak Witness

From everything I have been reading and hearing lately I am beginning to learn the importance of being weak/humble when serving or being the messenger of God.  A couple Sundays ago Pastor Brad began a series about grace and used this passage at some point in the message:

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. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I once read a history of the early church in which they described what they believed Paul may have looked like.  Now growing up in church I had always heard about Paul and the great missionary that he was.  Since he was such a great man I naturally imagined him as very charismatic, tall, and handsome.  In much the same way that the western world has depicted Jesus in many films…that is, very western.  But I remember being shocked at what I read in that book.  They said that he was more than likely short, bald, and not so charming.  I was amazed!  Here was this great man that had changed the world but was never blessed with the physical characteristics of a great leader!  So to me, this passage from Corinthians has a whole new meaning when I think of Paul.  I think his physical attributes were probably one of his weaknesses (not to sound to shallow).  But think about it, in our churches, as sad as it is, we know when beautiful people come in the door.  They are usually greeted a little more and by more people than the not-so-pretty newcomers.  I can just imagine that his physical stature did not help him much when he went to the synagogues to preach.  He was probably largely ignored when he entered but God used him anyway!  God could have used a beautiful tall person who attracted attention as soon as s/he walked into a building, but he didn’t.  He would of appeared very weak in a room full of priests, but it was at those moments he was strong!

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Small Group

On Thursday nights Amber and I have been leading a young twentysomethings small group.  This past week was probably one of our best discussions/studies/whatever you want to call it.  It was wonderful to have Brad, our SG pastor, and so many new friends there!  They all really brought a lot to the table!  The lesson was on substitutionary atonement (sa) and it quickly traced the beginnings of it in the Garden to the ultimate sa in Jesus.  What was so great about it was that we kept questioning/exploring things that we would normally take for granted.  Stuff like “What does justice really mean?.”  Wasn’t what Jesus did more than justice?  Something beyond and greater than justice?  We ended up agreeing that grace and mercy is more than justice.  Therefore, Jesus sacrifice cannot simply be categorized as only/just an act of justice, but is much more than that.  Since that night the words of Donald Miller in Searching for God Knows What keep whispering to me, “Christ’s death, again, was not a technicality by which we are covered with grace, but rather a passionate and inconceivable act of kindness and altruism and love stemming from God’s desire to be reunited with His creation.”

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