WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
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. – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
Your weaknesses do not prevent you from fulfilling the purpose God has for you. In fact, it’s the opposite. Christ came to die for the imperfect and He is not asking you to get it all right before you come to Him. So instead of being your harshest critic when it comes to your weaknesses, let your weaknesses remind you of just how much you need Jesus in order to fulfill your purpose!
There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do better in life. But whether it’s in regard to your state of mind, your emotions, your finances, your relationships, as followers of Christ, even though we might want to improve, we can’t let that desire cause us to forget that we DO have weaknesses, and without Christ, we will not be able to overcome them.
At times it might be difficult to embrace our weaknesses because we live in a world where weakness is frowned upon. Not only that, people prey on one another’s weaknesses by taking advantage of them when they are vulnerable or at their lowest points. As a result, it can become difficult to feel comfortable opening up and admitting that yes, you do have weaknesses and even more so, that because of Christ, you don’t have to carry around shame because of them.
But as the Apostle Paul demonstrates to the Corinthian church in this passage, we have to take delight in “weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” We can’t let ourselves be driven by fear that we won’t be able to fulfill our purpose because of where we are weak or where things went wrong in our lives. The strength that we need to press on and do what we’ve been called as followers of Christ will come from Him. So don’t get so distracted by your own weaknesses. HE is the one who makes you stronger.
Biblical Context + Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
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