By Jane Fryar
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1 ESV).
NFL or WWF strong?
Nope. Not even close!
Strong in the Lord, the Lord Jesus--who is the Word Made Flesh (John 1:14). Strong in grace. Strong in knowing whose you are and whom you serve, all because of the cross and Easter’s empty tomb.
That kind of strength can carry a teacher through lots of late-night lesson prep and early-morning prayer.
That kind of strength can keep us going when the same students disrupt the session week after week.
That kind of strength can keep us coming back for more even when no one remembers to say “Thank you” all year.
True strength is not built at the gym. It’s not developed by setting your jaw and putting on your game face.
No, true strength comes as we remember who we are--children of God, ambassadors of heaven. True strength comes as the Holy Spirit whispers in our ears:
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV).
Believing this, we can say with Paul:
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV).
Prayer starter: Holy Spirit, I want the power of Christ to rest upon me! Make me Word strong! Steep me in the Scriptures and in prayer. Only then will my teaching touch eternity . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s teacher encouragement book Teachers Touch Eternity®: One Heart at a Time. Don’t forget--Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10!
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