Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor. 15:10).
READ: 1 Corinthians 15:9-11
One lesson from the letter of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7 is that every individual, family, local assembly, community or nation has its strengths and weaknesses. Both your strengths and weaknesses should point you back to God. Your strengths or areas of endowment should remind you that you are a beneficiary of divine graces and as a result, you should not think that you are better, wiser or stronger than your neighbor who does not have the same gifts. “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Cor. 15:10). When you ascribe glory to God for your strengths, He will sustain them. In the same way, your weaknesses should point you back to God. Your frailties, shortcomings and weaknesses remind you of the limitations of the flesh which should lead you to God, the only One who is unlimited. No matter how weak you are, you will find solace in God’s strength (2 Cor. 12:9).
As a believer, you must recognize your strengths. God has specially endowed you in certain areas for a purpose. To optimize your strengths, there is need to find out their purpose and set out to achieve them. It is an irony that many are neglecting their areas of strength. Your area of strength is where you have the highest comparative advantage. This could be by natural endowment. It could also be acquired through training. With such a talent or ability, there is fun and fulfillment doing your work. For instance, in the area of career, there are those who read medicine due to parental wish, or to belong to a social class; whereas their strength lies in journalism or law. Have you discovered your strength? Areas of strengths not identified will be neglected. Once you identify your gifts, do not go to sleep. Natural abilities or gifts that are not cultivated may later cause regret and wastage to the owner. Seek knowledge or education about how you can develop them, and better ways of utilizing them to glorify God and to impact fellow men. On the other hand, in areas of your weaknesses, the challenge is to prayerfully turn them into strengths. With God’s assistance, this is possible. Your weaknesses can become your strongest virtues.
Ask God to turn your weakness into strengths
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