“I almost never get sick.”
I actually can’t remember the last time I was sick—until this week. I spent most of the week under the weather. I even missed a day of work and I still am not a hundred percent. So I can no longer lay claim to my opening statement.
Spending the week feeling poorly reminded me of the frailty of the flesh. Illness often comes quickly and without warning. I went running the morning of the day that I began to feel sick. Then, before I knew it, the icky-ness set in.
Since I was thinking about frailty I decided to see what the Bible had to say on the subject. I was amazed to find that in most modern translations the word does not occur at all. The most occurrences I could find in older translations were three and only one had to do with the frailty of man.
I then turned to the dictionary and found that the defining characteristic of frailty is weakness—that weakness can be physical or moral.
This led me to consider my own spiritual life. It is so often characterized by frailty. I fail to do what I should have done and I do what I should have avoided. It is too easy to give in to the comfortable and familiar and to avoid the challenging and difficult things that push me beyond my comfort zone.
That is why I am so grateful for the gospel.
In the gospel I find forgiveness at the cross for those times when I am overcome by my own frailty.
In the gospel I am graciously granted the very righteousness of Christ so that I can be assured that I am accepted by the Father in the Son.
In the gospel I am given the Holy Spirit as a down-payment on what is to come and who empowers me to live beyond my own resources (which are shot-through with frailty).
Even in the midst of not feeling well this week, I was presented with an opportunity for ministry with a group of people who are totally different from me. We have virtually nothing in common. Can you guess this pushed me beyond my comfort zone?
I decided to say “Yes” to this opportunity because it pushed me beyond my comfort zone. It is in those times when the Lord can grow me in my faith because I am completely dependent on him to make this opportunity a significant one.
Are you aware of your frailty today?
Are you finding your forgiveness, hope and strength in the gospel?
Are you avoiding something beyond your comfort zone that the Lord is calling you to do?