On a hill there’s a cross — on the cross there is blood for me. Oh precious is the blood on the hill…
Some of us feel more times than not….that we aren’t good enough, we aren’t smart enough, and most of all we continuously struggle daily with our imperfections and weaknesses. It’s an ongoing battle of the mind with many people who sincerely thrive to do better. The struggle to defeat those negative feelings and thoughts often hold us back from getting to the other side of life where our strengths lies.
Have you ever met someone who readily admits their weaknesses and struggles? Most likely NOT.
Most people love to brag about their successes, their good qualities, they will openly display their good side, and even go the distance to prove how honest and gracious they are when dealing with others.
By nature – people avoid admitting their weaknesses. They protect themselves from criticism and rejection – and are ever so proud to display their strengths while at the same time trying to be prove that they are humble.
The Bible says, Paul had much strengths to boast about but he chose to boast about his weaknesses.
- “Because of the extravagance of those revelations
- and so I wouldn’t get a big head
- I was given the gift of a handicap
- to keep me in constant touch with my limitations
- Satan’s angel did his best to get me down
- what he in fact did was push me to my knees
- No danger then of walking around high and mighty
- At first I didn’t think of it as a gift
- and begged God to remove it
- Three times I did that
- and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need
- My strength comes into its own in your weakness
- Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen
- I quit focusing on the handicap
- and began appreciating the gift
- It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness
- Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer,
- these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks
- I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 MSG
God can use our weaknesses to become our pillar of strength. No one takes pride in having weaknesses – but our weaknesses are solely meant to teach us to rely on God. Only God can miraculously turn weaknesses into strengths.
Note to self: We make God a liar if we claim that we do not have weaknesses.
We are to take our limitations in stride, and with joy:
- Bad breaks
- Learning disabilities
- Health challenges
- Broken homes
- Lack of resources
Let CHRIST take over the things we’re struggling with. The weaker we become with the weight of our everyday pressures of life is the more at risk we will become.
Allow Christ to be the Chief Executive Officer in our lives. Don’t beat yourself up because of your weaknesses — everyone has them.
God can use those shameful experiences to make them your platform to share how you overcame them. It’s all written into our Story.