When I first started out playing soccer, I was a defensive player. The main reason I was playing in the defensive position was because I hated loosing. I would literally sacrifice my body, risking injury and pain in an effort to not lose a game. I did suffer injury on many occasions, but it did not concern me.
As time went on I shifted my game to the middle field. This allowed me greater latitude to move forward in the offensive position and to move backwards in the defensive position, playing a safer game.
Eventually I shifted my thinking and position to offense, so that I could score goals. One thing I learned on the soccer field, as well as in life, is you will never be able to achieve your goal unless it’s well defined and you purposely move closer to it.
In soccer, as well as in life, the goal is always stationary. However, circumstances surrounding your goal always change. Our thinking should always shift to adapt to changing circumstances in order to meet our goal.
If we could apply the same amount of energy we use to shield our vulnerability, to go after the goals we have set for ourselves, we will be able to achieve them.
In II Corinthians 12:9-10, the Bible says “And 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 weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Defensiveness with all its immediate benefits prevents us from moving forward and eventually prevents us from meeting our goals. When we make ourselves vulnerable God has easy access to pour His grace in us. His grace is sufficient for us.
It was only by God’s grace that Paul could say; “for when I am week, then I am strong.” God’s grace is all we need to meet our goals. Paul was able to accomplish so much in his life under very tough circumstances because of the grace of God that rested upon him.
This grace is available for you right now. Will you allow the Lord Jesus access to your heart right now and see how every dead situation in your life is brought back to life? Will you?