Advent Reading – December 13, 2017

Kenton Stobbe – Bass Player on Worship Teams

2 Corinthians 12:9

As I began to work on this, I sat down and wrote for a little bit. For whatever reason, I wasn’t satisfied with it. As I sat contemplating I had an idea. I decided that I would do an experiment for the next month to see how the theme would impact my life.

With the theme of “the coming of Christ in our hearts daily,” I decided that I would try to live that out intentionally.

Every morning on my commute to work I would pray that Christ would come be present in my day, and my life. Looking back on the past month I don’t think I set any concrete expectations for how my experiment would turn out. However, I would not have anticipated the things that I did experience. I think somewhere in the back of my mind I hoped it would be this lovely wonderful, blissful month. Ha ha, quite the opposite. I have felt pressed on every side.

Stressful times trying to run my business, from trying to get enough work to stay busy, to trouble with a worker, even clients trying to stiff me on their bills. Trying to learn how to keep work out of my life after 5pm. Trying to not let the stressful things of my day that affect me, affect my family, or how I act around them. How to manage my time. On and on the list of things can go. Things that I have been wrestling with, and struggling to understand and live out. Things that I have failed at. This last month was incredibly difficult.

Praise be to God that I decided to pray that prayer every morning. I don’t know how I would have survived had he not been present in my daily life. There were so many times where some friend or co-worker would say something, where I could tell it was an encouragement from God. Or times spent with a new small group that totally blessed me and lifted my spirits, just when I needed it.

I believe that asking Christ to come into my heart every morning was the strength that I needed to get by. One Sunday morning in the sermon, 2 Corinthians 12:9 was talked about. “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” I probably can’t count how many times I heard or read that, and yet when you are in the midst of a complete state of weakness, it seems to make more sense. I do not have the strength to conquer all the problems before me, but I have Christ, who I intentionally invited to be a part of my day, who comes into my life, victoriously, on a white horse, sword drawn and swinging. We don’t often picture Jesus this way when we think about him, especially at Christmas. But Christ came to earth just so that he could conquer sin and death, which He did. And I experienced first hand Christ the warrior fighting my battles for me.

I can’t comprehend my life without our Blessed Lord. What terrible state I would be in without His wonderful love, mercy, protection, might and power in my life. What would I do without His grace, peace, and faithfulness. Having Christ come into my life has become so very important and vital to me over the past month. Words fail to fully express how wonderful Christ really is.