“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
When I read these verses, I realize how radical and counter-cultural the call of Christ really is in today’s world. Everywhere we turn, we’re told to be strong, don’t cry, don’t show our weaknesses and yet, Paul’s direct message from God is exactly the opposite! Boast your weaknesses and challenges so that God can bring strength.
Have you ever considered boasting about your weaknesses? To boast about something is to talk about it in a manner that sounds like it’s an achievement. Typically, people boast about winning a game, receiving an award or overcoming a challenge; rarely do we hear people boast about a loss. And yet, all of our strength is in our weaknesses and therefore, all of the power comes from boasting about our weaknesses and God’s greatness over them.
Here are some of my weaknesses:
- I eat to make myself feel better.
- I’m a people-pleaser.
- I jump before I think.
- I am terrified of elevators and airplanes.
- I love to be the center of attention.
- I doubt God’s provision.
- I doubt God’s love.
- I judge people on outward appearances.
In all of these areas, and I’m sure more if I thought harder, I see God stepping in to fill me with His power and His strength so that I can move in His plan. Christ dwells in the center of my life and moves through these weaknesses and either makes them strengths to be used in ministry, or He helps me see how to overcome. In both instances, for Christ’s sake, in my moments of weakness I always have the option to turn it over to God and allow His all-sufficient grace move through my life.
Our weaknesses only have power when they are kept in the dark. It is in the dark that the enemy has a voice and a foothold in our lives. Once we call our weaknesses into the light of God, they become an area of strength because we allow Him to release us from the chains of shame. Our weaknesses proclaimed provide the avenue for the Holy Spirit to move in and be our Strength.
Shine the light of Jesus on your weaknesses by praising Him for His greatness and His grace! If you need a prayer partner, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org