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)
‘The Man of Steel’ was a recent summer blockbuster where the mild-mannered Clark Kent transformed into Superman to swoop in and save the day. Although this version of Superman was not perfect, he was still the super-powered Man of Steel who in the end won out. A great hero, but his Krypton origin does not make him human.
Our world needs different kinds of heroines and heroes who are willing to stand in the gap for others, bringing nothing more than their weak and fallible selves. Henri Nouwen describes this type of servant leadership as “a leadership of powerlessness and humility in which the suffering servant of God, Jesus Christ is made manifest.” These servants don’t need to step into a telephone booth to don the costume of Jesus. Their power is derived from knowing the Father deeply and abiding in His Son.
The Lord is not looking for believers with hidden super powers to join Him on His mission. He’s looking for humble servants who are willing to trust Him fully as they step out to fulfill the mission they’ve been given. The power of God to prevail comes out moment by moment in everyday life.
What is your mission for today, this week and this year?
Who are you trusting in?
Where does your hope come from?
~ John Morley
NHIM Vice President