For when I am weak, then I am strong!

(2 Cor 12:10b)

Imperfection: A Shared Story

The Bible paints a clear picture: we are all imperfect (Romans 3:23). We stumble, we falter, and we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It’s easy to fall into the trap of judging others harshly, highlighting their flaws while conveniently forgetting our own. We judge, compare, and boast, “I am better than them; they are worse than me.”

The Antidote to Boasting

However, Ephesians 2:8-9 shatters this illusion of self-righteousness. It declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Our salvation, our very standing before God, is not a result of our own perfection or achievements. It’s a gift, an unmerited favour extended by God’s grace.

Paul: Powered by Grace

In 1 Corinthians 15:10, Paul, acutely aware of his limitations, acknowledges, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

He recognizes his human weakness but also the amplifying power of God’s grace. This idea is further emphasized by 2 Corinthians 12:9, where the Lord tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

This seemingly paradoxical statement reveals a profound truth: God’s power shines brightest when we acknowledge our own weakness and rely on His strength.

The Bible brims with examples of this truth. David, a young shepherd boy, faced the mighty Goliath, not with his own strength, but with God’s grace. Esther, a young woman thrust into political intrigue, saved her people not through her own cunning, but through God’s guidance and grace.

In acknowledging our imperfections, embracing God’s grace, and stepping into our weakness, we paradoxically find our true strength. We become instruments of God’s power, not in spite of our flaws, but because of them. Let us walk this path of humility and grace, letting go of self-righteousness and embracing the transformative power of God’s love.

Everyone Can Serve God!

Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough for God? Like you’re too weak, too flawed to really make a difference?

We all have our weaknesses and flaws, but that doesn’t stop God from using us in amazing ways. Just like a coach picking players with different strengths for a team, God chooses us all for His team, the church!

Think of it like this: Some people are great at leading worship, singing like angels and creating a warm and inspiring experience for all. Others might be better at teaching Sunday school, patiently explaining Bible stories to curious kids. And some people’s influence is felt even if they shun the spotlight – making sure everything runs smoothly, from organizing events to welcoming newcomers with a friendly smile.

Every role is important. As Christians use their varied gifts and talents to serve God, in big or small ways, with eye-catching visibility or behind the scenes, the church thrives on the collective effort to build something beautiful with everyone like a tile unique in hue and texture contributing to the tapestry’s radiant image.

Who judges a sunflower for not blooming like a rose? In God’s garden, no sunflower yearns for a rose’s crown, for in this divine haven, beauty abounds. Each bloom basks in its own light, a masterpiece unbound.

Weakness is Strength

The saying “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10b) holds a profound truth.

It whispers that our humility and dependence on God are not signs of vulnerability, but rather gateways to His immense power. Like a vine drawing life from the sun, we flourish when we acknowledge our limitations and intertwine ourselves with the divine source.

The Crutch of Pride

But the converse of this saying also rings true: “when I am strong, then I am weak.”

When pride inflates our egos and self-reliance becomes our crutch, we unwittingly sever the lifeline to God’s grace. We build our towers on shifting sands, mistaking temporary triumphs for unshakeable foundations.

A Prayer

Heavenly Father, we confess our imperfections, our tendencies to compare and boast. Forgive our pride and self-reliance and open our hearts to the boundless grace you offer. Remind us that our strength lies not in ourselves, but in You. Fill us with humility, guide us with wisdom, and empower us to serve with love, knowing that in Your hands, even our brokenness can become a vessel of your magnificent light. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

John Lee

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