There are people in this world who will pick on you for your faith, your beliefs, even your particular church’s doctrines. Don’t believe me, just try to share your faith using your own words through social media then prepare for the onslaught. Sadly, this usually comes from fellow Christians! But the heart…
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 12:10
When I am weak, I am really strong! So trample on me and lob bombs at my church’s doctrines. At least for today I will see and feel God’s strength in my apparent weaknesses. Tomorrow I might crawl into a spiritual shell and not share anything, but right now I am strong. The truth is that when we are weak we rely most on God. Yes, then we are strong.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:20
You do realize that if we are God’s children, and if God is a King, then that makes us princes and princesses doesn’t it? No wonder we are considered to be a royal priesthood of believers. Royal and strong. Not bad at all.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9
So how does it feel to be strong, royal, and basking in His wonderful light? For me, I can hardly contain myself.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12
I am Like a Jar of Clay
I have my treasure in jars of clay to show that my all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Interesting, I am fragile, but inside I have this all surpassing power from God. It is my treasure.
I have been hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
I have been perplexed, but not in despair;
I have been persecuted, but not abandoned;
I have been struck down, but not destroyed.
– 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
Said differently, you can break my body but not my soul.
Jesus is Lord! There, I proclaimed it.
Let’s be clear, I didn’t just write it, read it or say it, I proclaimed it. Monstrous difference.
This proclamation that Jesus is Lord means more than we often give it credit for.
- It means that I’m not in charge of running my life anymore
- It’s a proclamation that there is a sovereign, all powerful, all knowing King over me
- It’s a proclamation that I’m not the owner of my life
- There is One who sustains life who is bigger than me
- It’s a proclamation that I need someone to run my life
- I need someone to surrender my life to
- I need someone to bow before and worship
- I need someone to acknowledge as Lord
- I need someone to guide my life.
- I need someone to look up to.
Proclaim it with me.
“Jesus is Lord.”
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.