In our Advent study so far we have been reminded how on that first Christmas, God sent Jesus to the unsuspecting, the unqualified, the undeserving people of that day who found themselves carrying out their day-to-day lives in fearful times of trouble, injustice and violence. God was in Jesus, reconciling the world to Himself and as Jesus would later tell His disciples, He has passed onto us the message of reconciliation. We are to spread the Good News that Jesus can set each person free from whatever is holding them captive. Sometimes we get a bright idea, a longing to make a difference, a vision of how God might want to use us to reach people around us but we can think of lots of reasons why we are not competent or experienced enough to carry out that plan. This week we will be reminded that God wants to use the gifts and talents He has given us but even more than that, He can take our weaknesses and use them to bring about His sovereign purposes in us and in the world around us. He gives us eyes to see things in a new way and then His grace and power to perform what He is calling us to do, even when in the beginning of an endeavor we don’t feel able. As 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 says:
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.
A very encouraging perspective to continue our walk through Advent at this time in our world. In Jesus’ name we can also say,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)
as we continue the work He has given us to do.
– Angie Wortman