“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 will rest on me.”
Christ’s power and plan can be made complete when we listen to what the Holy Spirit says and dwell diligently in the Word.
Just think about an expert woodworker telling his apprentice how to create a shelf. The woodworker has all of the tools and years and years of experience, while the apprentice is just starting out. The expert has a plan to conquer it, but when the apprentice doesn’t listen, it makes things a little complicated. He may mess something up without help. It’s just like us and God. He has a plan and knows how this earth works. (Well, duh, he created it.) But when we don’t follow the perfect plan, things get a little messy. When we follow his plan, the workmanship of the expert shines; God is glorified.
When we listen to God’s voice, he can do some pretty cool stuff through us. When we feel the Holy Spirit telling us to go talk to the lady sitting alone on the train, and we do it, lives can be changed. Not only her’s but our’s as well. When we take the leap of faith and lead a Bible study or teach Sunday school, lives can be changed. People can see God in all his glory and splendor.
When we realize that we can do nothing on our own and rely on God, people see that. When we boast in God and not of ourselves, people see that. We can do NOTHING good on our own. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
We must boast in God. He has gifted us with abilities and talents, and when we use them for his plan, God is ultimately glorified because he, not us, is the ruler of our lives.