Last night did not go the way I planned at all. We had a hilarious video to kick off our service, but the sound was muddled and no one could understand it. And it played for 10 MINUTES! The game right after the video was linked to the video, so it just didn’t make sense. Praise God the worship team did an amazing God…they were the redeeming value of the night – haha! My message last night just didn’t seem to connect as I was preaching. A lot of times I judge it off of facial feedback from the audience. People just didn’t seem engaged, as interested, or intrigued by the sermon content. By the end of the night, I really had felt like I blew it. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Is it incredible that God usually seems to be at His best when we do our worst? After feeling like I had completely blown the entire service, I thought we had lost all kinds of ministry opportunity since it was a record setting night for us (114 students). I began thinking why couldn’t they have come one of the two weeks before when the service went great?! But then after the service…student after student came up to me for prayer, tears in many of their eyes, and thanking me for the message. I had to tell them…it SO was not me, it was all the power of Christ! Then I went out to eat afterwards most of our youth students and college kids went for supper…they all talked about how great the night was. That is the power of Christ that we boast in even in the midst of our greatest weaknesses! When I got home I explored all the facebook updates from our students and their parents, and they were just raving about what God did in their lives. That includes one student who put on his update about what God was doing in his life, and he had friends commenting on his update saying, “I thought you were the big atheist.” They were laughing at him. I’m praying for him today. That God’s grace would be powerful in his weakness, so that he may know the power of Christ! When a student worship night goes wrong, just wait…God may make it so right.