I know what you’re thinking. How could anyone love being weak?
It’s definitely not the headline for the newest hit conference.
It’s more likely to be something like “how to become invincible and accomplish anything.”
I could even bet that growing in strength and ability is every parent’s goal for their children. They reason with them “if they don’t eat right and get an adequate amount of exercise they’ll never be able to achieve whatever lofty goal they may have.”
What you probably won’t ever hear them say is that the best way to get where you want to be is to grow weaker. Much less to encourage them to delight or rejoice in weakness.
As a matter of fact, I dread those moments of weakness and vulnerability.
So how can I dread and love weakness at the same time?
The Dreaded Weakness
I dread weakness in my sinful nature.
My sinful desire to be independent and capable of doing anything I set my mind to, hates when I come upon a roadblock that reminds me of my finiteness.
The ungodly pull in my soul to go, do and be whoever and whatever I want whenever I want, cringes every time weakness pops up its ugly head.
I want nothing more than to be rid of these fractures in the armor plate of my false confidence.
I despise when my eyes, after the long comforts of the shadows of independent living, are shocked by the light shed by my need to be helped and depend on someone else.
My actions show how I love the darkness rather than the light because my works are evil (John3:19)
The dread comes when I am exposed as the weak, sinful man that I am.
But yet through the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have come to love it.
The Weakness I Love
Yes, I dread and despise weakness but this fearful feeling has been overcome by a glory unspeakable.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 has become one of my life verses.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 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. 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.
The weakness I Love brings me to my knees and makes me bow my prideful heart before the one and only true king of glory.
It closes my natural eyes that can only see the impossibilities and opens up the eyes of my soul that transcend what is known to man.
This dreaded weakness that I Love loosens my grip on all that is passing and gives me the power to burn the idols in my heart and then makes me rejoice in the thought that I can be broken and poured out as a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice to God. (Romans 12, Mark 14)
I Love the weakness that pushes me to live for the sake of Christ instead of for sake of me.
Strength in Weakness
The reality is that everything I want to be is found in Christ and the same goes for you.
As I confess with John the Baptist that Jesus must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30), I find that the more I lose myself I actually find myself. The more I become like Jesus, the more I become who He created me to be. It’s when you lose yourself that you find yourself.
So the part of me that wants to be strong actually gets it by embracing weakness for the sake of Christ.
In Christ, your weakness becomes a strength. And even better than that, it becomes a perfect and Godly strength.
The strength you find in Jesus is not a strength that is used to abuse and forces your will on others. It’s not a strength that boasts and gloats because of its abilities. This strength pushes people away because they are not useful.
Instead, this muscle you find in Christ is used to lift people out of oppression. This strength is used to promote others and the causes over your own. And this force is actually attractive because others feel valued and important because you push them not to settle but instead to move into their potential.
Jesus is too glorious to give up when you’re stopped in your tracks by weakness. Rejoice in weaknesses. Embrace weaknesses. Because in weakness you get more of our glorious savior.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17New International Version (NIV)
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
- Are there any weaknesses in your life that you can start submitting to Christ to be used as tools for His glory?
- Is your primary goal to promote you or promote Christ?
- What are some areas of your life where you need to decrease so that Christ make increase?