Within the times that we live in at the moment, weakness, or the display of weakness, is sometimes seen as a bad thing. The media tells us that we must be strong, men should not cry and people should be able to stick up for themselves. This is another thing that makes Christianity counter-cultural. The Bible tells us to be humble, that is, think of others more than you think of yourself, it tells us to be kind and gentle, bearing one another’s burdens.
In the passage below, the Apostle Paul is speaking about his “thorn in the flesh” and he asks if it might be taken away in the verses prior. The following quote is what Jesus responds to him.
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
“For my power is made perfect in weakness.” Counter-cultural again. God uses our weakness to show His power. Those things that we all struggle with day to day, weaknesses, they are to show God’s power. But our response must be the same as Paul’s. We must not glory in our weaknesses, but glory in the power of Christ that rests upon us, using that exact power to strive towards obedience and holiness.
I want to ask you a question. Where is Christ’s power displayed most vividly?
Christ’s power is displayed most vividly on the cross. The moment he hung there, naked, beaten and bleeding. That moment where he could have called down legions of angels to take him down and care for him. That moment where he gave up his life to usher in the Kingdom of God and to win victory over sin and death. That moment, coupled together with the moment on the Third Day when He rose from the dead. That is when Christ’s power is displayed. A real moment of weakness.
Christ’s power was made perfect in those moments. Those moments of weakness allowed us to have a right standing with God. Those moments marked the end of the sacrificial system by the blood of the perfect lamb of God. Those moments washed us clean of our sin and allowed us to have eternal life with God, if we just submit to Jesus as our Lord and King.
In light of this sacrifice, let us not be focused on our weaknesses and let them drag us down. Instead let us glory in the power that Jesus has displayed through the cross and resurrection. The power that gives us life in Jesus. The amazing power displayed through weakness.