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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Last Updated:
Sep. 22, 2022

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The St. Peter Messenger    The St. Peter Messenger  Volume XXXVI Issue 1, Oct. 2022

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 of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 - 2 Corinthians 12:10

Paul had an impressive résumé. He was born to a good family, studied with right people, kept his reputation spotless, and even got a coveted internship spot. But one day, while carrying out an assignment he had dreamed up to nab rabble-rousing heretics, God intervened and changed his life by blinding him and leaving him completely helpless.

The Book of Acts tells us what happens next. He is baptized and then instructed in the faith. He lives with the faithful and preaches the Gospel to those in his neighborhood. In the first chapter of Galatians, Paul states that he spent three years preparing for his big break in ministry.

If we were Paul, the course of action would seem obvious. We would either hunker down, concerned that our past would be a black mark against us; or else we would gravitate to our comfort zone amongst people who were like us. God's plan for Paul was different. He took one look at Paul's credentials and threw them in the waste basket. Paul would go to the Gentiles instead.

If we were Paul, we'd probably come up with all sorts of reasons why this didn't make any sense. "This is out of my comfort zone." "I don't know these people." "Didn't you see my credentials?" Instead Paul knew the one thing that mattered to God was what God had freely given him: Grace.

Truth be told, none of us like to imagine that ‘grace is sufficient’. We like to look to our abilities and awards. Yet our strengths have a way of distracting us. Pretty soon we begin to wonder if God will still love us or want us when our strength fails us. When we let God work through our weaknesses, on the other hand, we know that Christ really is at work in the world through our lives.

As our church prepares for our Congregational Meeting, let us step out in faith as Paul did. We will never be strong enough to fulfill God's mission, but He is strong enough to work through us.

In Christ,
Pastor Phil

Finding God’s Strength in Our Weakness