“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.” —2 Corinthians 12:10
It’s not fun being the last one chosen to play on the team. It’s embarrassing to be asked a question you can’t answer. We all hate those moments when we feel unqualified or unprepared. Let’s face it, we don’t like being weak, unable, or unfit. In a world where you are your own, where you have to find your way and independently build your life, weakness is a thing to be feared. But, here is the reality: we are all weak and helpless in our own way, and in our relationship to God there is a sense in which our own personal strength is a disadvantage. As Pastor Jonathan Pokluda says, “If dependence is the goal then weakness is our advantage.”
We celebrate the strong and powerful, and often boast in our strengths and abilities. We cringe at the thought of personal failures or shortcomings. However, the Apostle Paul understood that Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness. Paul, like all of us, probably enjoyed days when he felt adequate and sufficient to do what had to be done. But in his weakest moments God’s power was on display in his life. On the days when Paul was most dependent on God’s help, drawing near to Christ were often the days of his greatest usefulness.
But this does not mean he enjoyed feeling weak or frail, it means he found comfort in the power of Christ as he drew near to God. As J.I. Packer put it, “Felt weakness deepens our dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow.”
Let’s come before the Lord with humility, honesty, and sincerity. As a church family, let’s recognize that we cannot succeed on our own, and we need God in every moment. We humble ourselves before God and ask Him to work in and through us. May our time, efforts, thoughts, and words be God’s today.
Pray for our Local Outreach Ministry and staff (Kevin Bloye and Brittney Franklin) as well as our Local Outreach Team as they seek to share the love of Christ to our local community.