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Power in Weakness
Today’s Reading: Philippians 2:1–11


. . . Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
(vv. 5–7 NASB)


Christmas is a celebration of the humility and love of God. Though He is awesome and omnipotent, He lowered himself to come live with us. Think about that. It’s like the sun in all its glory shrinking itself until it was little more than a dim candle flame on a dark and windy night, vulnerable to extinction by the slightest puff of wind.

God voluntarily displaying himself through weakness! Who would have thought? But we needed Him to do precisely that.

We are often at our weakest around Christmas, though our weakness is involuntary. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, the holiday celebration can take its toll on us. Yet, one of the most amazing truths of Scripture is that God’s power is launched not through our strength, but through our weakness. This Christmas, perhaps God wants to display His power in the greatest way in your life.

We need to remember the words of the apostle Paul: “for power [God’s power] is perfected in weakness [my own human weakness] . . . for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9–10, emphasis added).

Jesus, as a baby and as a man, depended on His Father for His power—just as we are called to do. God has unlimited power. This Christmas, ask for it. Depend on it. Count on it. And receive it.

Dan Schaeffer
Restored! God’s Salvage Plan for Broken Lives