But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I just had someone email me about wanting to become a believer. The issue was that they didn’t think they were strong enough. A few months ago, I had another friend who said something very similar to me. This verse immediately came to mind. It was also a challenge to me. I love acting like I have it all together, you know? I love Christ and therefore things are great! But in reality, any ounce of strength I have comes directly from Christ. I was incredibly weak when I came to Him. I don’t know how much you guys know about my testimony: http://iamsecond.com/#/seconds/Shannon_Culpepper/, but I came out of a verbally abusive relationship. A lot of times I hear, “That took a lot of strength to be able to leave.” On the contrary! I was tired of fighting. I was tired of being talked down to. I couldn’t handle being in the relationship anymore. I was too weak to keep going through what I was going through. So I ran to Christ. Then, He gave me strength. But how often do I actually tell people that my strength isn’t my own?
All that to say this: When we proclaim or present strength, I challenge you to make sure that people know it is entirely from the Lord, because even when we’re weak, He makes us strong.
Isn’t our God good?
That’s all for now J