Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NABRE
The quoted verse from the Second Letter to the Corinthians is preceded by Paul’s acknowledging that God permits Satan‘s angel to afflict him in order to keep him from becoming overly proud. Paul begged the Lord to remove the affliction but God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” God reminds that grace is enough and that God’s power is seen in weak moments or weak actors, such as Christ death, going weakly to the cross culminates in the powerful resurrection. Paul himself is a rather ordinary man who has attained extraordinary results, not through some super power but despite his own weakness and with God’s grace. The point to stress; that same grace is available to us who are weak. Paul stops praying to remove his weakness and begins to boast of it. He is willing to be weak, take insults, hardship, persecution and constraints for the sake of Christ and His kingdom. If someone as imperfect as Paul can show people the way to Jesus with all the trouble he endures, then truly God is working in the moments of transformation. God’s power is seen in our imperfections.
We tend to want to be seen as someone important, to have a good reputation, to be a person of high regard. But God depends on unremarkable people. Jesus’ apostles we critical to His success and it is hard to see any of them as remarkable, but what they accomplished seems impossible. God depends on us ordinary people; fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, friends, cousins, to live with struggles and by grace our story reveals God’s power.
Can you live with and boast about the things you think makes you weak? Have you asked God to remove something?If someone as imperfect as Paul can show people the way to Jesus with all the trouble he endures, then truly God is working in the moments of transformation. God’s power is seen in our imperfections. Click To Tweet
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