“God doesn’t use what we bring to the table, He uses what we surrender.” Crawford Loritts
This is a truth that if we are not careful we can too easily forget. We can begin focusing on our talents, our abilities, our training, our education, and think if we try our best on our own this is what gives God praise. I have even heard multiple times people quote the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” and we loudly proclaim “See I can do anything if I put my heart and mind to it!” but we are missing the point. We need to remember the end of that verse most of all “through Christ who strengthens me.”
With all of todays focus on how to become a great leader we can forget the story of Paul and the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know specifically what this was but Paul asked the Lord to remove it and in 2 Corinthians 12:9 the Lord replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Paul went on to proclaim “Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”
It will not be when we position for power, seek to build our platform, promote ourselves, lift high our gifts, that Christ works through us the strongest but, it will be when we surrender each area of our lives and acknowledge that it is through Christ that we are strengthened. When we lift high our gifts, and abilities, and ideas people may “ooooh” and “ahhhh” over them but it will not be until we wave that white flag of surrender that we will see the real power of God in our lives.