“For He (Christ) was indeed crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. And though we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you.” (2 Cor 13:4)
Tapped out. Drained. Exhausted. Empty. In moments of unguarded honesty, many of us would admit to feeling that way. We get there because ministering to the needs of others can be so very demanding, and in our limited human frailty, there is only so much of us we can give away.
Paul dealt with it. As he traveled and spread the message of love and forgiveness in Christ, he also dealt with the real needs of people. It was hard; very hard. And, he realized that in himself was only weakness, but that was when the strength of God poured through. I love the connection Paul made between his own weakness and Christ’s – that as men, both were weak and destined to die. But the power of God that raised the human body of Jesus, was the same power that now enabled Paul to live for, and serve, others!
Friends, unless we’re tapped into that same power from on high, we will soon find ourselves tapped out. As you live to serve others, be sure you’re relying on His strength and not your own. –Dave
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