This week's Epistle tells the apostle Paul's story of being weak, and yet strong. He paradoxically exhorts the Church to rejoice and boast in its weaknesses. In our current culture and climate, it seems hard to envision a community of Christians who gladly share their weaknesses. But if we are to be authentic followers of Christ, we must point people to him first. Our pride and efforts at showing our best side, hiding our faults - it is all angling the gaze of others towards us, not reflecting it to Jesus. Paul is pleading with us to rest in the strength of Christ, to lean on the power of the Spirit, to lift up our God, not ourselves. The "strength" then comes from realizing that we don't have to carry the weight of people's expectations and judgements. We don't have to bear the burden of scrutiny. We don't have to make God's case for God. We can simply point to Jesus, always point to Jesus, so that the whole world might come to know Him.
A newer song we'll sing this week is "Good to Me," by Craig Musseau:
Another newer song is "We Will Feast in the House of Zion." by Sandra McCracken:
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!