Weakness is the Advantage

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Weakness is the Advantage

I don’t know any cultures that praise weakness, and our nation is no different. Whether you’re a pastor, firefighter, restaurant manager, or stay-at-home parent, weakness is seen as a danger. Nobody wants to be weak. Strength is the name of the game.

Sadly, our fixation with strength blinds us to a key biblical truth: God uses the weak. It’s so inescapable that you’d be hard-pressed to find a book of the Bible that can’t be summarized this way. And yet, despite being hard-wired into the very DNA of Scripture, this truth feels unbelievable. We all still desire to be strong, not weak.  

I recently heard another pastor (Todd Wagner) say, “If dependency is the goal, then weakness is the advantage.”. All through the Scriptures, we can see that dependency on God is the greatest asset any of us really have, which means that our strength is also our greatest liability.

What if you believed dependence really is more important than strength? What if you believed that “if dependency is the goal, then weakness is the advantage”?

The Apostle Paul said it this way in 2 Cor. 12:9: “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Does boasting in weakness seem crazy to you? We don’t naturally boast about being poor, or unemployed, or lonely, or sick. But Paul boasted in his weakness because he knew the greater his weakness, the greater the chance for God to display His power.

The Apostle Paul also says, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Cor. 1:8-9)

If we brag about our strengths, others may look at us and think, “I wish I was as smart, or as good looking, or as athletic…but I’ll never measure up to him.” Yet, if we brag about our weakness, others may think, “Wow, I have access to the same power that guy has!”

Almost every miracle in the Scriptures starts with a problem. So, if your life is in chaos, you are the perfect candidate for “Christ’s power to rest on you.” Where are you weak? Can you boast in that weakness, look to Jesus, and trust Him through it?

Hudson Taylor once said, “God wants you to have something far better than riches and gold, and that is helpless dependence on Him.”

“If dependency is the goal, then weakness is the advantage.”

Peace,

Nick