Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Opus 2022-149: Pick Your Thorn

The Apostle Paul talked about his thorn in the flesh.  You may have heard the term and not know where it came from.  Here it is if you have not read it recently.

(2Co 12:7-9 KJV)  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
I would suggest that each of us has one.  It is probable that some have more than one.  

We cannot pick what it will be.  That might be nice but it isn’t going to happen.  It might help if we could identify and admit what our thorn is.  Take a minute to think about what yours is, or could be.  Paul was not clear what his was.  I tend to think it was physical.  Some speculate epilepsy or stammering.  We don’t know.  Yours could be physical.  It could be a family member or a business associate.  It could be debt or lack of education.  Whatever you might think it is you need to understand that you can’t get rid of it.

But you can get stronger because of it.  That is the point God is making.  Our thorn gives God an opportunity to work through us and accomplish things we could never do it we didn’t have the handicap.  

You don’t think it is fair that you have to deal with ______?  If you knew you had to have a thorn, what would you pick if you could?  Would you trade with someone else?  Would that be any better?  

Be like Paul.  Face your limitations but don’t let them limit you.  Let God help you change your attitude and how you overcome.  He is waiting.

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