Does Concrete Need Steel?

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13


Did you know that concrete does not have any strength? The strength is in the steel that the concrete encapsulates. If you built a structure without concrete or a driveway without the steel enforcement, it would crumble fairly quickly. A building without concrete will move and bend. The concrete holds the steel in place, but the real strength is in the steel.

In our Christian walk, Jesus is the steel;
His will is the steel and my will is the concrete.

When I choose, the concrete is poured and it sets, after which the steel will not move. When troubles, arguments, disagreements or pain hit, His love inside of me is the steel, but I must set it in place with my will. If I choose Jesus in every situation, I will have strength, purpose and truth.

For example, if my wife makes a decision dealing with money that offends me, what should I do if Jesus is my steel? I must yield to the voice of Jesus and step forward to tell her, “I love you.” It was Jesus in me loving, but I, as a Christian, set the whole thing in motion by a choice. As a result, I felt the concrete set, the strength of the steel revealed, and I felt a supernatural love. This would not be possible without Jesus, the steel.

It would do me no good to wait and withdraw until I got stronger; it was a faith decision because I truly believe in action that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. My choice is merely setting the concrete around the steel that is in him. Does that make sense?

I am not for one moment saying that moving forward in these moments of difficulty is easy, but that is why leaning on the strength of Jesus is so important if you want a relationship that lasts and grows deeper. Humbling yourself to your own weakness is exactly what Jesus wants: my weakness for his strength.

It brings up a question that some may reject. Does Jesus need me? Yes! He showed us that He lived His whole life in need. God created the world and gave dominion to man. In so doing He is bound to work through man. Jesus had to become a man; it was the plan from the beginning, the lamb slain from the foundation for the world (Revelation 13:8).

He needs those –the concrete—that will choose Him to be expressed through them.


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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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