The Importance of Weakness (pt. 1)

The Importance of Weakness (pt. 1)


I've recently finished reading the book of 2 Corinthians ... twice. I've learned over the years that reading something once is good, but you get more out of it the second time through. In the last 3 chapters of the book a concept is brought up 7 times. It's the concept we don't really like to talk about. It's the concept of weakness. We don't like to talk about it because our culture has taught us that it's a bad thing. I believe, and I think the apostle Paul would agree, our culture has it wrong. So today, I'm starting a series of posts on weakness looking at all 7 of the 2 Corinthians verses to see what can be learned and applied. The bottom line is, no matter what form of weakness we are talking about, weakness leads to reliance.

Physically weak

For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account." 2 Corinthians 10:10

For those of you who know me, I'm not physically intimidating ... at all. I'm usually the smallest guy in any group. It crushes me (... or at least my ego) when I struggle to open a jar; can't, hand it to my wife who seems to open it with ease. I'm familiar with physical weakness.

Being weak, or strong for that matter, isn't the issue; it's what you do with them that God is concerned about. The apostle Paul, writing to the same church says:

But God chose the foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27.

What Paul reminds us of here is that the outcome is not about us. Weak, strong, foolish, wise, even speech - it doesn't matter; the result is up to Him who actually does the work. The strongest guy in the world can't make someone believe, even he has to rely on God to do what only He can, change someone's heart.  The best the strong guy can do is intimidate; the best God can do is transform.

God reminds us of our weakness (and foolishness) so that we continually run to Him for all our needs. It's ok (and expected in God's Kingdom) to need help. From our friends and especially from our Savior. We should constantly be looking to Him, the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2) for the power needed to accomplish what He has set before us.

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