Strong in Grace
“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2.1 NIV).
The world today demands that we be strong in all areas of our lives. We must be strong in our health, in our emotions, in our intellect, in our finances, in our relationships, in our careers and in our ministries. Even the Christian culture make hints towards being strong in all areas of our lives, so we can be adequate leaders for the Lord. There is a great pressure for us to always be strong, so we can be pleasing to the Lord. However, Paul tells Timothy to do the opposite. We are to be strong not in ourselves, but we are to be strong in the pleasure that God has in us by grace. Grace is the Greek word, Charis, which means something that offers joy, delight and pleasure. Finding strength in the pleasure that someone has in us is completely foreign in our culture. We have grown accustomed to finding strength in our own merits, feeling confident on actions that please us and others. But we are imperfect people, and we will make mistakes. If we base our strength on our performance, we will eventually lose it. God wants us to find strength in a Source that never falters. Because of the cross, the grace that God has for us in always constant. Once we finally find our strength in God’s grace, He will impart His continual strength to every area of our life. We will gain the ultimate strength that will never change or tire out. So let us today forget trying to always be strong enough. Instead, let us begin each day declaring that our strength is in the joy, delight and pleasure of God’s grace!
“…Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8.10 NLT).