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Missions: Stronger

When we were kids, we always wanted to show off our muscles. Flex those biceps. Tell the adults, “Look how strong I am!” We fought to be king of the hill. We raced to be the fastest in the schoolyard. Fast-forward 40+ years. Now, if you’re anything like me, you recruit your coworkers to carry the cases of water into the office and hire a company to move the boxes and furniture. It seems with wisdom and age, we’ve come to realize we’re really not as strong as we thought we were.
Whether it’s physical or emotional, we want to exhibit strength. And whether it’s pride, shame, machoism or Americanism, we don’t want people to know we are weak. We hide our tears. We lift more than we should. We do everything in our strength and power to appear strong.
But I have good news. In the kingdom of God, we don’t have to be strong. In fact, it’s actually a good thing if we’re not. God didn’t choose us because we were smart or strong. It’s not like He’s captain of the team and picking the good ones and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get picked too. He chose the weak, the foolish, the lowly and despised (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). It’s in our weakness God’s strength and power are displayed (2 Corinthians 4:7).
I can’t help but think of King David when I think of the word “strength.” After all, he defeated the giant Goliath. But David didn’t claim to do it in his own strength. He accredited the victory to God. Moreover, he attributed all of his victories to God. David wrote Psalm 18, which is described as follows: “He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” In the first verse, he says, “I love you, Lord, my strength.” Additionally, in verses 31 and 39 he says it was God who armed him with strength.
Strength doesn’t have to come from within us. It doesn’t have to be there before we do something amazing. We can be weak and still have significance. We can be weak and still display the power and glory of God.
So yeah, eat your broccoli and drink your milk. Run your race and climb that hill. But remember, your strength comes from God. Give Him the glory. And when you’re feeling weak, trust that His word is true and His grace is enough and His power is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. - 2 Corinthians 4:7