Are we OK with weakness?

God loves to use the weak things of this world to show his greatness.

We know it when it comes to the weakness of Jesus Christ, powerful Son of God, who nevertheless died for us in weakness to save us.

But do we know it when it comes to our own weaknesses? Or the weaknesses of our church community? Can we be honest about those to others and trust God to work through what we lack?

How do we on one hand want to put our best foot forward, be ‘all things to all people so that we might save some’, yet on the other make it clear that we are a people saved by God?

By boasting of our weakness. By being honest that we are saved by God’s help, and continue to need his help for our weaknesses into the future.

Paul majors on this in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

But he [Jesus] 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.

Our weaknesses are neither shameful, nor wasted by God. For through telling others of them and our reliance on God, his love and power is made evident to all.

– Sam Pursell