Most of us probably don’t think of ourselves as mentors. But if we’re Christians, what we say and do affects the people around us, shaping who they are and how they behave. Sometimes we do this intentionally, sometimes unwittingly. Since we are indeed engaging in some degree of mentoring, we would be wise to try to be as effective as we can. To do so, we need to be confident that God will pour his grace through us for the good of everyone we encounter, but especially of other followers of Jesus. Considering the following assurances will help us fine tune our faith for these transformative moments.
The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is completed in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
The hexagonally shaped device mechanics use to turn nuts or bolt heads is called a socket. Crafted of strong, high-tension steel, and molded to fit with exacting snugness, the socket is a formidable tool. But it won’t turn without a driver. The socket driver empowers the socket. Nevertheless, as powerful as the driver may be, unless it has a socket on the end of it, the bolt will not turn: The ‘power’ of the driver is completed in the ‘weakness’ of the socket. Jesus has structured his relationship with us this way. He delights to link up with us and pour the overflow of his joy into us, in the various ways we need, so we can accomplish the ministry he’s given us to do. God’s Rescuing And Caring Exertion empowers us as we gladly attach ourselves to those around us. As he mentors us, Jesus calls us to imitate him; he calls us to copy this relationship with those we mentor; and he promises us the same joy he experiences as we empower others. “To whom much is given, much is required,” because to whom much is given, much is possible. Confidence in the enabling grace of Christ completes itself by serving the weaknesses of every “socket” in our toolbox.
Gracious Master, grant me the humility to gladly accept your strength, so I can exult in the weakness that glorifies your power. Amen.