Last week at the October Forum we talked about God's promise of grace. Life Coach, Lindsey Staton shared how God's grace enables us to be used by God, especially in the midst of our weakness.
In 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul urges us to boast in our weakness. Who wants to boast in their weakness? Those who want to see God glorified more than they want to look like they have it all together. "My power is made perfect in weakness." In verse 8, Paul said he asked the Lord three times to remove his thorn. Lindsey shared 3 different times in her life that she told the Lord, "I don't have it. I can't do this."
1. Becoming a parent - She wrestled with God during her pregnancy asking Him how she could be a good parent. God answered her by telling her that her daughter is HIS. She is God's daughter first. Secondly, she is her own. She doesn't belong to her mom. She belongs to God.
2. Leading a Bible study in her home during her divorce - She thought surely she would be disqualified by her divorce. But at the same time, God increased her bible study to ten women, by far the biggest she'd ever had. She asked, "Why are you giving me the largest Bible study group I've ever had when I'm at the lowest point of my human existence? I don't have it. I can't do this." God answered "Because now you're ready. You've got nothing to give and all your well-meaning efforts are out of My way. Anything that happens from here on out will be all Me." The group grew from 10 to 12 to 15 to 18 to 21 and finally 24. Her weakness had set the stage for God's power to be made perfect. And it was.
Immediately following her divorce, she committed a major moral failure that she was certain would disqualify her. She called a friend in the middle of the night to come over. Lindsey's been a Christian her whole life but suddenly she needed the cross like never before. She asked her friend to preach the gospel to her like she had never heard it, to promise her that what she had done was on Jesus' shoulders when He died. God's love and grace overwhelmed her. He restored her, and now she is even more 'qualified' to teach His restoration.
3. Launching her coaching business - She thought it's fine to not have it all together when you're just a blogger and speaker. But why would anybody hire her to help them with THEIR lives if she can't even perfect her own? Having full knowledge of all the issues remaining in her life, she thought "I don't have it, I can't do this." But the stage is set for God's power to be made perfect in her weakness.
Her stepson played baseball when he was younger. Her favorite cheer was after the hitter's first swing and miss: "NOW you're ready!" When we are at our smallest, God is at His biggest. The weaker we are, the stronger God shows Himself. And we are never more prepared, never more qualified for ministry than when we have nothing to offer.
In Judges 6, God calls Gideon to fight against the Midianites, calling him "mighty warrior." Gideon asks, "How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The Lord answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive." (v. 14) God chose the least of the family of the weakest tribe in Israel. Even after Gideon gathered his army, God sends most of them home, purposely outnumbering His people in battle. And when they won, there was no doubt Who had done it.
So prepare yourself, mighty warrior. God may be about to ask you for more than is humanly possible. All your failures, limitations and weaknesses have made you the perfect candidate for His plan and purpose. Get out of the way and let Him show Himself strong through You. It'll be all Him, just like it is supposed to be.
Lindsey Staton is a certified life coach, blogger and speaker. She graduated with a journalism degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and has worked for several different publications including Southern Living, Southern Lady, HomeLife and RELEVANT magazine. Originally from Ocala, Florida, she is a fifth generation Floridian and has held ministry positions at several churches, including 20s-30s director at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Her other professional experience includes occasionally dabbling in various aspects of the field of law, which is the family business.
She blogs weekly about faith, marriage/remarriage, parenting/step-parenting, identity and purpose. She also speaks at conferences, retreats, corporate events and was even recently invited to speak to a men's Bible study group! Driven by God's redemption of her own story, her passion is to help people recover lost identity, survive transition, live proactive/intentional lives, discover their purpose and get them living it. Visit Lindsey's website here!