A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. I can still hear it ringing through my 7th grade helmets ears. For me the self thought Rudy of my team, this was not good news. I remember my first day of practice, seeing I was not a pound over 90, I was sent immediately to the backs and receivers… and upon seeing me run, I was sent quickly thereafter to the linemen. I realized who the weakest link was. I realized if the strength of my team was dependent on my slower than life 90 pound frame we were in trouble. I was the weak link that held down the team.
Now, the difference in Christianity and 7th grade football is that there is great hope in being a weak link. We have hope because eternity does not rest upon the strength of your good works or the strength of your belief, but upon the work of Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:8 states that God “will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our hope lies in God’s finished work. It lies in God’s call of faith which He supports and empowers. Scripture is clear that when you are saved there is nothing in this world that can separate you from God’s love.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In our weakness, though, we surrender to Christ who stepped in our place, took the wrath of God for our sins, gave us His righteousness, and made us sons of God. We don’t hope in our faith to save us, for like a 90 pound lineman, we will certainly fail. We hope in God stepping in on our behalf and becoming our righteousness and strength.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.