Paul's Link to Christ's Power
"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).
I'm always amazed by Paul's perspective on life. He was the kind of guy that could get knocked down but never stay down. He got up. And the reason he was able to do this was not because he had greater self-confidence than the next guy. He could get back up because his confidence was in Christ. Paul's life was clipped on to the strength of Christ so that when the winds of suffering blew he would be unmoved.
Paul was sold out to Christ. He would do anything for the sake of Christ. But not only that, he was also "content" with his suffering. What?! Content? So often in our Christian lives, myself included, we try to run at the closest prospect of suffering. But Paul was content with it. And why? Because when he suffered it drew him closer to Christ.
Are we challenged by Paul's perspective? Are there areas of discontentment with the Lord's hard providences in our lives that we need to surrender to the Lordship of Christ? Let's do that today for the sake of Christ! And like Paul, we will find that when we are weak, then we are strong.