The true heroes of the faith had one thing in common. They never quit. Even when life became unbelievably hard, they knew as long as The Lord wanted them on earth, they had work to do.
There was no such thing as retirement. Their circumstances might change. They might lose some things they had earlier in life, but they lived until the last moment, keeping their eyes on the mission.
Paul, the great missionary, was open about his struggles. He had something he called his “thorn in the flesh.” He asked God to remove it.
God answered him. He said, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
Not exactly the answer Paul was hoping for. However, he learned the gift The Lord was giving him by allowing him to be in a position where he was weak.
When Paul had what he believed was his strength reduced, God’s Power showed through. Paul understood.
He said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
That seemed like an oxymoron to me until I realized the true meaning of Paul’s Words. God told Moses His Name is I AM.
When I (me) am weak, I AM (God) is strong!
His Grace is more than sufficient to do what He has called us to do. May we all be able to say what Jesus said at the end of His Time in His Earthly Body.
I have brought You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your Presence with the glory I had with You before the world began!