Finding strength in weakness

In my weakness YOU are strong!

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2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (ESV)

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.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.

10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses,
insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.

This is not something I like to admit, but I find that I try to avoid those things that I am not 100% sure I’ll succeed at. Whether it’s a specific task or a long term commitment, I lean towards the things that I feel I will succeed at – I lean towards my strengths and away from my weaknesses. I think most people would say that this is not a bad way to live and probably say it’s the responsible way to live.

Is weakness bad?

But what I’ve learned in retrospect is that I do these things so that I don’t have to depend on anyone else! I’ve always had a tendency to want to be self-sufficient. Normally I don’t ask for help until I’m frustrated and have exhausted all my resources and energy. As I’ve thought about this, I’ve also come to realize that it’s an ego issue. My pride seems to be hurt when I have to ask for help. And before you judge me too quickly, I believe it’s a sinful human condition will all suffer from. If the apostle Paul suffered from it, what makes us think we’re any better?

Ever since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, the human desire has been to be in control. In other words, to be in control means we can be the gods of our lives. Weakness exposes that. Weakness says you are not in control. And so we avoid it, because it reveals our need for something outside of ourselves to take control. Paul realized this and was glad because this meant that weakness would force him (in a good way) to give more of himself over to Jesus.

Weakness can be good

As Christians, this should change the way we view our weaknesses. If we realize that weakness actually points us to Jesus and causes us to depend more on Him, then we should actually be glad we have weak areas in our lives. And instead of avoiding these areas we should embrace them because they can lead in to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ our savior.

Take a few moments to think about this today. What areas of weakness have you been avoiding? What areas of your life do you feel like you’re in control? Find those areas and, “boast all the more gladly of your weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon you”!

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