So, over the weekend, we went to a family reunion and had a blast with food, family, and fun.
Even as we gathered to have fun, the fun turned into something not so fun. Jokes, drinking, and other behaviors were laughed at as we seemed to have fun. Yet the nature of the jokes were very were serious. Unfortunately, in an effort to fit in, I joined in with the joking that was not befitting a Christian who is studying to be a pastor
Yes, I am not a perfect Christian and I did sin. I spent the last few days trying to apologize and figure out how to approach the people who were in on the fun to apologize for not portraying myself as a better Christian. I even caught the attitude that I was better than they were since I did not get as wild nor did I drink.
Then, in this week’s class, I realized that even so-called perfect Christians struggle with weaknesses at times. Sort of like the thorn that was in Paul’s side in 2 Cor 12:8-10 (NIV) as it reads:
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
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.
Though I am weak at times, I know that Jesus will use that weakness to make me stronger. After all, there is that saying “What doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger.”
Therefore, in conclusion, put on the whole armor of God so that next time you struggle against a weakness, you can stand strong and not give in. More darts will be aimed at us as we prepare for this upcoming journey and with the armor of God, I can fight whatever comes my way with Jesus at my side.
What weaknesses do you have in your life that come up and catch you off guard? Do you try to fit in even with family and fail?
Please feel free to comment with your thoughts.