The Great Equalizer

"Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power" (Ephesians 3:7).

Deep in the ocean, beyond the reach of all sunlight, lies a forbidding world of crushing darkness. And yet, against all odds, God has designed hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates with light-emitting, pressure-defying bodies! At these depths, the water pressure can reach 5,850 pounds per square inch.

The only way people can survive in such extreme pressure is in a bathysphere, a miniature submersible made of plate steel several inches thick. Such heavy subs are slow, awkward tanks compared to these supple, graceful sea creatures. Their design is far superior to our best submarines. Unlike thick-skinned subs, they compensate the pressure with an equal and opposite force inside themselves.

Paul thrived in the deepest, most crushing levels of spiritual ministry. What was his secret? By his own admission, Paul was not a self-made man with an iron-clad soul. No, he discovered the great equalizer in the mighty grace of God.

Like Paul, when it's time to take the plunge, you can receive power within for the pressure without. "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).