Gifts are nice. We all love when we receive a gift that is something we had hoped for. Sometimes gifts are practical and sometimes they are just for fun. But, when we think of a gift we don’t normally think of something challenging that produces frustration and failure.
“OOOhhhh!! Why, thanks for that!That is gonna be so frustrating. I am gonna fail so much with that gift!”
The last thing we might think of as a great gift would be a big box full of weakness.
Weakness? You got me a box full of weakness? Maybe you lost my wish list. “What I wanted was strength and success gift wrapped with bow of recognition to top it off!!”
Have you ever considered the possibility your weakness is a gift? No, not your gifting or talent. There are things that you do with more ease and skill than others. Those are gifts.. . strengths.
God can use our strengths when yielded to Him, but He recieves more glory when we yield and allow Him to work through our weaknesses.
What is the highest goal of our lives? Is it to look good? Is it to feel good? Is it to do life with “atta boys” and ease? No. We were meant to know and walk with Father God relying on His Spirit to bring Him glory. That may not make complete sense this side of eternity but one day it will be very clear.
What if you were good at everything? What if you were an expert at all things and everything you attempted was easy? Would you ever be aware that you need help? Would you ever get help?
Why would you? What reason would you have to ever join with anyone to accomplish something beyond yourself?
You would be self-suficient without the need of any help to do something beyond what you could do on your own.
Jesus came to earth to seek and save all that was lost and to restore what was broken. The reason we put our trust in Christ instead of our own effort is because we realize we are in need. What if we never ever recognize our need? What if we lived our entire life feeling and believing we are self-sufficient? There is no reason we seek a savior if we see no reason to be saved.
When your own strength is your security, you’re only as good as your weakest day.
Enter weakness… .. . .
What if weakness was a gift? What if weakness is an invitation to beyond-natural living? A life lived beyond what I could do on my own. John 15 says that apart from Him I can do nothing. In essence, that means apart from His strength and ability I don’t accomplish things of substance or lasting value.
Weakness is a gift.
Weakness is a gift that reveals my need and the lie that I am self-sufficient. Without it, I may never perceive that need. Weakness is an invitation to true strength instead of a false sense of security in my limited humanity.
The apostle Paul realized this secret 2,000 years ago and is why he said:
“That is why, for Christʼs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10
We all have weaknesses. Weakness is not sin. It is not something I need to be sorry for or even ashamed of. When we are confronted with our weakness, we then have a choice to embrace Christ and His sufficiency or despise God because of it. If we do not let weakness push us to a closer walk with the Father and Christ’s strength, it often will lead us to take matters into our own hands to try to resolve the issue apart from God which always ends badly.
What about Jesus? He was a man like us on earth. Did He have weakness? Bob!! Come on, He was God in the flesh, He didn’t have any weakness!
Keep in mind weakness is not sin. It can lead to self-sufficient efforts which cause us to sin but weakness is not sin. Did Jesus experience the limitations and frailty that is part of our human experience? Yes, he did. He got hungry, tired and overwhelmed. He cried, he got angry, and He even sweat blood as He asked Father if there was a way for His purpose to be fulfilled other than the cross. He experienced weakness.
We all know the weaknesses that come with being human. But, one thing that we will never ever understand is what it was like to be the second person of the Trinity. Omnipresent, everywhere. Omniscient, knowing all. Omnipotent, power without limit. Besides all of those, He had perfect relationship with Father and Holy Spirit full of love, joy, comfort and peace. He laid all of that aside to become a man. A human. A weak, limited, needy human.
Jesus weakness? He was a man.
When He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient, my power is made perfect in weakness ” ( 2 Cor. 12:9), He knew what He was talking about. Question: Could mankind have been redeemed if Christ never became a man? No. Mankind gave itself to the power and bondage of sin. A man did that. We all did. The only way mankind could be restored back to the state we were created to live in was for someone to live a life in relationship with and led by the Spirit of God. Jesus had to become a man.
His power was made perfect in weakness. His redemptive destiny and power were realized fully in His state of weakness as a man, not in his Omnipotent state of deity.
“For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.” 2 Cor. 13:4
How did Jesus allow weakness to be a gift? He lived close to the Father. He lived in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit.
But, He knew how to not be limited by the weakness of His humanity. He allowed His weakness to become His greatest strength.
He used the gift of weakness to lead him to partner with Father and Holy Spirit. Weakness is a gift that leads us to operate in partnership and team with Father, Holy Spirit and those He has brought around us to partner with. When we embrace the partnerships and teams He has for us, it allows us to bring our strength and roles together (like the Trinity has specific roles) to cover our weaknesses.
My weakness leads me to partnership and relationship. The longer I run from my weakness and live out of my limited strengths, the longer I live separated from the help that I desperately need. When we partner with Him and others out of weakness it will eventually eliminate our limitations.
What are the weaknesses that you have tried to avoid at all costs? Who are those God has placed around you that will give you the courage and strength to fulfill what He has called you to do? Take the opportunity you have in 2017 to use your weaknesses to eliminate your limitations.
4 Benefits of Weakness
- Weakness is a gift that reveals my need and the lie that I am self-sufficient.
- Weakness is an invitation to true strength instead of the false sense of security in my limited humanity.
- Weakness leads us to operate in partnership and team with Father, Holy Spirit and those He has brought around us to partner with.
- When we partner with Him and others out of weakness it will eventually eliminate our limitations.
Verses about Weakness
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]
1 Cor. 3: 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
2 Cor. 12:9 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Cor. 13:4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ.
This post is linked to
- pt 2 “To Dream Is To Be Free”
- Process: Tough-Guy Detox
- Lone Ranger Quiz and Free Stuff
- “Come Into My Circle” by Nick Honerkamp
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