We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. We don’t like to talk about our weakness. It’s not all that encouraging to think about where we fall short, where we don’t measure up, or even our failures.
We love being strong and we like to show off how good we are. We love to exhibit our strengths, the good things about our character. When we show off our strengths people like us more, they cheer, they applaud us. Strengths make people say nice things about us.
When we talk about how good we are or how skilled we’ve become, glory comes our way. It builds us up, it makes us feel good about ourselves.
There are times when we have to talk about our weaknesses. Not very often though. When there does come a time to speak about our weaknesses, we often fool ourselves and try to fool other people.
When someone asks about our weakness, instead of being honest and upfront, we try to replace our weaknesses with a strength. We say things like; ‘my biggest weakness is that I’m too ordered’, or ‘the thing I find the most difficult, is that I’m too honest’.
We try to make out that something good about us is actually a weakness.
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may actually be your biggest strength!
That’s how the Paul considered his weakness. He didn’t try talk his weakness up and make it a strength. His weakness was his greatest strength.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, speaking of his own weakness and struggles he says;
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. 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.”
This is a far cry from how most of us speak about out weakness. He considered his weakness the very vehicle by which Christ would be glorified. The strength of Jesus was fully seen in the weakness of Paul.
He boasted in his weakness, not so that he could look good, but so that Christ would look good. He delighted in hard times because by enduring the difficulties, by displaying his weaknesses, Christ’s strength, glory and grace came to the foreground.
This should most definitely change our perspective on weakness.
We all have weaknesses. Instead of ignoring them, or trying to make out that they are actually strengths, let take Paul’s example on board. Let’s see our weaknesses as areas for Christ’s strength to shine. In the end, your weakness may be the very thing that causes others to see Jesus. Through enduring hardship and battling with weakness, we can allow Christ to be glorified for all to see.
Question: Have you ever considered that your weaknesses could possibly bring Christ glory? Share in the comments section below.