2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV:
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 is an incredible verse of scripture that reveals the anatomy of a believers success in Christ. A fundamental requirement for serving God is understanding your own weakness. When a believer is faced with conflict, if they enter the battle filled only with unmitigated self confidence, they are setting themselves up for a great failure. We cannot trust ourselves for the wisdom and strength for even the smallest task—our victory comes not by might or by power, but by His spirit! The person who desires to truly serve God must understand it’s His way, His strength and that He will never accept their service. The simple fruit of the earth the Lord casts away, He only accepts the seed sown from heaven, watered by grace and grown by His deep love for His people. In the simplest way I know how to express it, God will only bless what He controls.
I am not suggesting that believers are to strive to stay weak and immature and I do not believe this is what Paul was suggesting to the Corinthians either. It simply reveals to us all that we must understand our limitations and depend fully on God for every need. Only He can supply our needs according to His riches in glory! The man that trusts his own armour is foolish. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through Christ and only after He empties us completely can He fill us with what He has.
In the Old Testament we see the theocratic acts of God in people such as Samson, who slew a thousand Philistines armed only with a jaw bone. The secret was in God’s ability in Samson, since no man could accomplish this feat in his own strength. Some attempt to relegate these as stories of antiquity designed to inspire children about God, but I say the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the same God we serve today! I believe God wants to do miraculous things in and through the lives of believers today, but this is possible only when we are willing to understand our carnal limits and allow God to use us as empty vessels, full of weakness, to bring Him glory.
So many Christians desire to do great things for God, instead of allowing God to do the great things in us. He does not want you to perform a miracle, He wants you to become a miracle! This is the greatest obstacle to becoming more than victorious in life—allowing God to do the work in us.
Take opportunity to introspect and find your greatest weaknesses. Maybe it’s the fear of death, failure or rejection. Whatever the case, allow that weakness to be eradicated by the divine working of Gods power. Only then will you understand how His strength is perfected in weakness.
Live life with passion, love strong and only believe.
– Ps. Ken
Ken is the pastor of Spirit Life Church in Piqua, Ohio. Visit the Spirit Life Church website to learn more about Ps. Ken and listen to his messages online.