Thankful: God’s grace is sufficient

But (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

– 2 Corinthians 12:10

Today, I am incredibly grateful that God’s grace is sufficient for me.

I am a broken person, often trying in my own power to tape the cracks of my life together. I struggle under the weight of others’ expectations. I get involved in situations that I don’t belong, and press change faster than it’s ready to unfold. I want everyone to be happy and to like me, and try desperately to cover the hurt when people aren’t and don’t. I battle pride and laziness daily. I yell. Loneliness sometimes gets the best of me.

I am weak.

Yet, God calls to my heart, whispers to my soul, “My grace is enough for you.”

My sin can’t outrun grace. It is impossible to heap my shortcomings and failures, inabilities, hurts, strongholds and frustrations higher than the mountain of God’s merciful kindness and extravagant grace. Each and every time my weakness overwhelms me, God’s grace gently covers. The ways in which I fail are vast, but God’s redemption stretches as far as the east is to the west.

I don’t need grace and. I need grace. It is sufficient. It is enough.

When I struggle, God shows up. His power is manifested in my weakness. God’s grace allows me to get up and begin again. It prompts me to praise and express adoration for my Savior, who never gives up on me.

I may not measure up, but God’s grace will always be enough.

Jesus knows how I feel (Day 5 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

We ripped our people apart to show how sin causes separation.

Sin causes separation.

Jesus spent three years with Judas, teaching him Heaven’s perspective, giving him a front-row seat to incredible miracles, and loving him as a dear friend.

And, as we read in Mark 14:18-21, Jesus spent part of His last evening before He would be crucified washing Judas’ feet and sharing a meal with him and the disciples.

On Day 5 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, Jesus is betrayed. Judas turns his back on his friend and leader, and sells Him out for a cheap price.

Day 5 Connection Icon: ripped paper

Day 5 Connection Icon: ripped paper

Jesus knows what it is like to have a friend hurt you and turn against you. Jesus knows how we feel when people who we thought were our friends leave us out to dry, cheat us, tell lies about us or let us down.

Tonight, we made friend cut-outs and decorated them. Then, we talked about how sin separates. For Judas, he rejected the grace of God, and betrayed Jesus. We tore our friends apart to show that sin severs our connection.

When we ripped the hands apart on our people, it was really sad. The edges were frayed and what we had just spent time cutting out and coloring wouldn’t be the same.

We fail God, too. We choose to do what’s wrong, even though we know what God has clearly said in His Word. We sin against God, and that separates us from Him. However, unlike Judas, we can confess our failures and receive forgiveness.

After ripping apart our people, we then joined the hands back together with red tape. The blood Jesus shed will heal the torn edges of our lives when we place our trust in Him.

Learn more about our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, and join us as we turn our hearts to Jesus this Easter!