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January 23, 2022

New Year, Who Dis?: When Your Weakness Meets Your Maker


What happens in my head when I fail God?

Looking at the Apostle Peter’s journey, Pastor Eli continued reading the story in John 21:

"When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?' 'Yes, Lord,' he said, 'you know that I love you.' Jesus said, 'Feed my lambs.' Again Jesus said, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' He answered, 'Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.' Jesus said, 'Take care of my sheep.' The third time he said to him, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, 'Do you love me?' He said, 'Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.' Jesus said, 'Feed my sheep.'" John 21:15-17

Who taught you to give up?

Imagine if each of us gave up the moment we first failed in life. No walking, eating, toilets, etc. Who taught us to give up? Because we didn’t give up as children, so why are we prone to give up when we fail as an adult?

"The difference between Judas and Peter's failings was that Peter came to Jesus." Pastor Eli Nelson

A heavy truth is that our failures tend to cause us to internalize our inadequacies. We overestimate our shortcomings and underestimate the gifts God has given us. God has gifted and called each one of us, but we let our shortcomings dictate our response to His call. Maybe the fact that each one of us do not measure up isn’t a deal breaker for God. Look through the Bible. He consistently used ordinary people. He didn’t call the qualified. He called the available. God is far less intimidated by our "disqualifications" than we are. So where did we get this idea that we have to have it all together?

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

We tend to ask ourselves: Am I qualified to do this? But the good news is that our qualifications come from God, and His grace is enough. We are ministers of the new covenant. Paul wasn’t qualified, but God said he was qualified. Even though we are asking, “God can You use this? When it’s still me?” The truth is God wants to use us right here, where we are at.

"Your weakness isn't all God has to work with, it's what God wants to work with." Pastor Eli Nelson

What will we do when our weaknesses meet our maker? Because God plans to use them.

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