The Importance of Weakness (pt. 2)
To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 2 Corinthians 11:21 (ESV)
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:29 & 30 (ESV)
We are all weak, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Weakness leads to reliance. Operating within weakness reminds us where true strength lies and protects us from boasting in our accomplishments; which in the end protects us from pride. It is as we boast about our weaknesses that we can point to the glory of God in our lives.
Weakness protects us from ourselves--from thinking too highly of our skills, our talents, and our position. God has blessed us with all these things as well as the strength to work them out. It's when we think we can do it without His presence and influence that we get into danger. That danger is called pride. It's a the proud person that has to build themselves up and get all the glory for themselves.
Weakness keeps us relying on Him to provide strength and lead us to greater degrees of humility. Why? When we remember our weakness we are seeing not only our own limitations but also our need. And when we embrace humility we find even greater opportunities to serve. Which leads to greater glory to God because His work is more clearly seen and pointed to. It's a beautiful cycle God's grace using our weakness for his glory.
As we rely on God's strength to accomplish God's purposes we are protected for allowing pride to make too much of what God is doing through you.