For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
As we saw in the last verse, we are to proclaim Christ to others. We are to warn them of the judgment to come and provide the hope of the gospel. Since this is so important, we are to labor with all we have. However, we are very limited and weak. The task is too much for us and we lack the strength required. We easily grow weary and at times are prone to lose heart. Left to ourselves, we can’t live up to the mission we’ve been called to do.
This verse provides the hope that the Lord supplies the powerful energy we need to do the work. Look not to your own strength. Paul labored and worked hard in the ministry (1 Cor. 15:10) but was only able to do so through the Lord’s strength (Phil. 4:13). We are to strive, yet trust in Christ for the power and strength!
Are you feeling weak and tired? Trust that the Lord will provide the energy you need to accomplish his will! Continue to strive with “all his energy that he powerfully works” within you. Be encouraged by Isaiah 40:28-31:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
- Are you using all your energy to proclaim the good news of Christ?
- How do we “wait on the Lord” for strength?