THE WEAK PASTOR……….
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:7-10……..
One time I heard a pastor preach from the pulpit about a weakness he had. Was I horrified to hear how he had the audacity to preach to the flock of congregants with which the Lord had entrusted him given he wasn’t perfect in that one area? Quite the opposite! I was utterly delighted! Why?
Because the pastor with a humble heart was transparent about his weakness so the Lord’s strength could shine through him! Instead of putting on appearances like so many preaching behind pulpits might be prone to do, he confessed where he fell short so those listening could love him, encourage him, pray for him, learn from him, and see God in and through him.
It’s in our weakness that God shows forth His strength. It’s in our humility that God empowers us with His love and mercy. It’s in our confessing that God forgives us. It’s in our admission of where we need growth that we pave the way for the Lord growing us.
How refreshing to witness the “power of Christ” upon this man of God as he humbled himself before God and his sheep and demonstrated what is true about us all. We are all nothing without Jesus, we all need Jesus, and it is in Jesus, through Jesus, and for Jesus that we can shine the light of Jesus to the world all around.
Please enjoy and learn from the scriptures above concerning the apostle Paul.