So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
What does the world celebrate?
Yes … but what does God celebrate? Today’s verse obviously gives us one example – weakness (though you can listen in some of the others) …
- Weakness (instead of power)
- Humbleness (instead of fame)
- Inner Beauty (instead of externals)
- Generosity (instead of wealth)
- Faith (instead of worldly success)
And how does weakness help us spiritually? When I think I’m strong and capable – and I’m guilty of this all the time – I do things based on my strength, my power, my resources, my ability, and my priority. The common theme of the sources of all my doing is “my” – me, myself, and I.
Now, I am called to use my gifts. I am called to be wise. We live in a sowing and reaping world. I need to do my part. But … when I rely on my strength, I’m trusting in me instead of God. When I rely on my resources, I ignore (and even reject) God’s provision. When I trust in my abilities, I’m generally not giving thanks to the God who generously gave me every one of those abilities. And when I depend on my power, I’m limited to my power alone … and I miss “the power of Christ [that] may dwell in me.”
Sometimes life’s circumstances make us weak – cancer, job loss, grief, etc. Sometimes all we can do is cry, “God, I can’t, but I trust that you can.” But why wait until we get to the end of our rope, to reach out for God’s lifeline and provision. Why not surrender, proactively, before the inevitable crises in this broken world? Why not willingly submit in weakness and vulnerability? You might just start then to experience God’s power.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who just saw this quote:
“Prayer is weaponized weakness.”
our weakness is indeed our
most powerful weapon