St. Peter Lutheran Church
2929 F.M 972 (at F.M. 1105)
Walburg, Texas 78626

Office: (512) 863-5600
Worship Services - each Sunday 10:15 a.m.
Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sundays

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June 24, 2022

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The St. Peter Messenger    The St. Peter Messenger  Volume XXXV Issue 10, July 2022

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. - 1 Corinthians 9:22-23

No one wants to be weak. To be weak means not just a loss of ability but of prestige. To be weak means that self-styled strong people no longer take any notice of us. To be weak means having to admit we don't have it all. Nobody wants to be weak; or perhaps a better way to think of things is that no one wants to admit that they are weak.

What the Gospel shows us though is that weakness is the door by which the Gospel enters. People who are at low points in their lives are much more open to the salvation message than people living the high life. People who are weak are more honest about their needs than people who are puffed up. People who are weak don't have the luxury of window-dressing. Paul understands this and so follows Jesus through weakness into the presence of God (2 Corinthians 13:4, Hebrews 12:2).

Perhaps this is why our missions and evangelism so often fail to look like what we find in the Gospel. We are told by our culture and society that in order to accomplish anything one has to be strong, powerful, and influential. Yet, admittedly no one accomplished more than Jesus. Philippians 2:6-7 lays this out so well by telling us that the One whose glory and worth is greater than all creation emptied Himself of all that and became a human and servant to all. There is no greater story of taking on weakness than the story of Christ.

Some people have mocked this; but the people whom Jesus encountered seemed to be drawn to it. They knew of God's glory, but they were moved when God moved into their neighborhood. Paul and all the other Apostles see this and so follow Jesus on His mission to the world. They allow themselves to become weak, because it is only in weakness that we can follow Christ and reach out to our neighbors.

In addition to this, Paul understands what Jesus came to preach, that the Gospel will be the thing that will lift up the weak. Put another way, its okay to be weak because the Gospel is for all of us who are comfortable admitting we don't have it all together.

As we reach out to our neighbors in the coming months, let us remember to bring the Gospel not from a place of power but in the weakness of Jesus and the Apostles. Let us remember that we don't have it all together and that's okay. The Gospel is for everybody, especially the weak.

In Christ,

Pastor Phil

Our Weakness