Running Headlong {Into} Your Weakness

Life is a strange mix of successes and failures, wins and losses, ups and downs. And human nature tends to shift constantly toward those circumstances, people, hobbies, jobs, etc. that allow us to succeed, because – hey – we all like being winners.

I, too, have this urge. But the current season in which I find myself is one filled with clumsy confrontations with those things in which I have failed most frequently in my life. The little victories and the moments of despair in these confrontations have caused me to come face to face with those things in my life about which I have always been labeled “loser.”

We often want our giftings, passions, and talents to be used by God for His glory. We want to hone our crafts and steward our passions so that God can shine through our accomplishments. This is all well and good, but do we take enough time to consider God’s plan for our weaknesses? For those areas about which we are most insecure, have failed every time, or that plague our memory with loss?

Even as I write this blog, I’m confronted with my weakness. Questions about verbiage, theological soundness, and relevance plague me. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and security in the Lord for me to put my thoughts on paper. In my unease, I’m reminded of Paul’s declaration that he boasts in His weaknesses (1 Cor 12:9-10). How in the world could Paul say he boasted in his weaknesses? The persecution, insults, harshness, personal sin struggles, and the conflicts in the churches he was writing to don’t seem like things to boast about.

But we know he could boast because, through his weaknesses, Christ’s power was perfected. Our strengths also display God’s power, but often in our perspective, God’s use of our strengths coddles our ego or builds up our self-esteem. When Christ’s power is manifested through his sustaining and provisional grace in the midst of our weaknesses, humility and transparency are born that exalt Christ’s work in us.

Paul exhibited this humility and transparency as he gloried in the thorn in his flesh. Paul might have been perceived as inferior to some “super-apostles,” but in fact it was the weaknesses he encountered internally and externally that allowed him to taste of the sweet grace of Christ and to experience the power of Christ resting upon him (2 Cor 12:11).

Christ interacts with us today in a similar way as He did with Paul. We might not have visions or revelations of the Lord, or get taken up into the third heaven, but we experience weaknesses just as Paul did (2 Cor 12:1-2) In our weakness, we ask the Lord to remove our “thorn,” pleading with him in various circumstances and over numerous months and years. At times, He will take that weakness away, and many other times He will reshape that weakness with His grace into a strength because it is through that weakness that His power is revealed.

So what would your life look like if you launched headlong into your weakness, confronting them and acknowledging that – although difficult – they are rich opportunities to experience the power and grace of Christ?

I encourage you not to shy away from your weakness as a blight on your identity or usefulness to the kingdom. Rather, I say that we should leverage our weaknesses as opportunities to press into the grace of Christ. In truth, weaknesses reveal our inability; but Christ can bear it, He can handle our weaknesses. And more than that, He conquered them; for, “While we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom 5:6). So it’s ok, sister. You don’t have to keep running from your weaknesses. Instead, turn around, face them, and stand in the strength God provides.

2 thoughts on “Running Headlong {Into} Your Weakness”

  1. Denise Wilder says:

    Thank you for sharing out loud what many of us feel inside. God used your honesty to encourage me today.

  2. Chanler courtney says:

    This is great! Love you!!❤️