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November 2, 2014 - Our Disability, His Ability (King David Series) - II Samuel 9:1-7, 13

posted Nov 3, 2014, 11:10 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:57 AM ]
  • We all have some gifts, talents, or strengths, and we use these abilities to get through life.  So isn't it interesting that the Bible spends so much time focusing on our disabilities?
  • The story of Jesus Christ is all about God being in search of us as we got lost along the way in the frantic fray of life.
  • When we are defined by our weakness or disability we always end up in a barren place.
  • We all have some weakness or disability.  We all have fallen.
  • Life gives us so many reasons to be afraid.  We are very afraid of our weaknesses being exposed.
  • When God finds us in Jesus Christ, He gives us grace – loving “hesed”
    • He restores us to what we were created to be from the beginning.
    • He gives us a place at the Table.
    • He adopts us into His family as joint heirs with Jesus.
  • The reason people with disabilities threaten us is because their disability exposes the weaknesses in our own lives that we have tried so hard to hide.
  • We live in a society that has taught us to fix things that are broken, and we are uncomfortable with anything that can’t improve.  So when we are around broken people, we don’t know how to respond.  We say nothing for fear of sounding foolish.  But we can’t build community by saying nothing.  That only lowers the disabled to a barren place.
  • Ironically, the Gospel claims that strength is found in weakness. The goal isn't to avoid our inevitable and universal disabilities.  The goal is to find the Savior.  And our disability is always the means for discovering the ability of that Savior.

Pastor Jim Spon | II Samuel 9:1-7, 13