Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Admitting Limits

I took the following notes from an excellent audio series from Paul Tripp (my project has been to let the truths I know in my head sink deep into my heart):

Two Greatest Lies:
  1. Personal Autonomy
  2. Self-sufficiency
I am a living human being created to be dependent on my creator, the living God.

I am limited by:
  1. Space and time
  2. Knowlege and wisdom
  3. Power and control
  4. Sin and weakness
  5. Ability and gift

The real life of faith is not just about trusting God but it is also about humbling admitting your limits.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
There is no reason to be afraid of weaknesses and limits but what should be feared is delusions of strength. What if life takes you beyond your strength? Paul is so confident in God's grace that he can rejoice in his weaknesses because it is in those moments of personal weakness that he actually experiences the depths of God's power and his faithfulness.

I am letting these truths get buried deep into my heart today. I want to celebrate God's grace today while being constantly dependent on God - doing what he has called me to do. It's not one of my strengths :-)


Jeff Burton said...

Could you talk more about this, especially as it relates to cultural messages about "potential" ? For instance, as parents we are told never to limit our kids by telling them they can't achieve something, etc. etc.

Pat Stream said...

Jeff - A few short thoughts in regards to your comment:
1. Culturally, "potential" is totally grounded in the two lies of personal autonomy and self-sufficiency.
2. Biblicaly, "potential" is grounded in redemption by the gospel.
3. True potential is possible through Christ.
4. I think we can tell our kids that they can achieve anything but it needs to be with the right understanding they are not self-sufficient, they are dependent (and created and called).