Our Weakness and God’s Power
“We envision You, striding through the streets of our city,fearless and zealous, as powerful as You are good.”
“Conquering Shepherd, send us to every part of our city. Keep us weak as sheep so that Your power is on display.”
How often do you think about God’s power? How often do you think about your weakness? How often do you think about the work of the Evil One? If you are like me, it is not that often. As I sat this morning reading and meditating on today’s devotional from our Lenten Guide, I was reminded of the fact that if we want the Gospel to advance and if we want new gatherings of believers to form, we must remember that God is powerful. We must remember that because while God is at work, the one who Scripture describes as the Evil One, is also at work. This isn’t a normal topic of conversation, but I believe we must recognize that where God is working, there is opposition. Sometimes we call this opposition an obstacle or barrier, but those terms can lead us to assume that barriers and obstacles are just natural in the world we live in. One of the things I have appreciated about this Lenten guide is the reminder of the power of God and the need for God’s power to overcome obstacles or barriers. The good news is that God has already overcome them. God has overcome the Evil One, and we must live in that victory. By living in that victory we have the power to advance the Gospel and build the Kingdom. We have the power to start new gatherings of believers.
As the Youth Minister, it is fitting that I get to offer my reflection today as our common prayer is for youth. One of the things I confess is that I have approached youth ministry too often without trusting in God’s power. I have approached youth ministry out of my own strength instead of God’s strength. My prayer for youth has been that they would understand that God does have great intentions for their generation. My prayer has also been that they would understand their need to live out of their own weakness relying on God’s power to do wonderful things in them and through them. May we the adults of our generation do a better job of guiding, leading, mentoring, encouraging, and challenging youth to step into the lives God is calling them to.