July 9, 2015"Each time he said 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me."
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
We do not live in a culture that exalts, admires, or appreciates weakness. So much so that we go to extreme lengths to hide our weaknesses, disguise our weaknesses, or at the very least make excuses for our weaknesses. The last thing we are often willing to do is own our weaknesses. To "own" I mean to be open about them, to confess them, to be real about them. Now, I am not advocating flaunting them or using them to get our own way; you know, like exaggerating a limp so I can get a handicapped parking spot when I really don't need it. But I am saying that our weaknesses, according to Paul, give us opportunity to see God's work of grace made more manifest in our lives. When we are nothing but strong we can begin to believe that we are self-dependent, self-reliant in need of no one, and taken to the extreme, not even really needing God. Of course, this defines mankind as a whole. Weaknesses make us aware of our frailty and ultimately cause us to have to look up and get help.
The other trouble with weakness that I don't like is we seldom get to choose our weaknesses which makes us feel vulnerable and none of us like to be vulnerable. But it's our vulnerability that makes us real and approachable and willing to give sympathy and care to others who have weaknesses.
Whether we like it or not, we have weaknesses. So, we might as well accept it and allow God's grace to strengthen and empower us.