I’m the type of guy who prefers to cover up his weaknesses. I doubt I’m alone in the preference.
But the longer I walk with Jesus, the more I’m convinced that’s the wrong way to go about things.
Jesus, through his incarnation, intentionally took on weakness (Phil 2:6-8).
Jesus told the Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).
So the Apostle Paul responds, “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 Cor 2:10).
And in an earlier letter (to the same church), Paul reminds us that when it comes to spiritual gifts of those in the body of Christ, “those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (1 Cor 12:22).
What starts to become clear is that, as Christians, our greatest weakness might actually be our greatest asset. Notice I didn’t say strength. I know Paul said that when he is weak, he is strong. But we often hear his words differently than he intends. At least I do.
I tend to think that if I give my weakness over to God, that somehow he’ll take away the weakness. Or at least the weakness won’t bother me as much– that is, I won’t feel as hindered by it. But that is not what Paul is saying.
The weakness doesn’t miraculously change. We still experience the burden of limitation. We still have to rely on others for help. We still, in many ways, feel weak. The difference is that now the weakness is an asset to us. It is valuable to us in the sense that it is the means by which God wants to display his glory through us. It is the means by which we get to see God more.
In some strange way our weaknesses may actually be gifts.
If that sounds strange to you, take five minutes and watch the video below. You won’t regret it. I can’t get enough of this guy…
What’s your weakness? How might God be wanting to show himself off through you?