(Optional Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
I can admit that I am not in the best shape. I am always trying to think of ways to improve my health and build strength in my life. Just yesterday, I got sucked into a youtube ad that was telling me about how I can build muscle and burn of fat quickly and easy. I sat there for who knows how long watching this guy explain how his awesome workout plan could change my life. For a few simple payments.
Many people, including myself, are in this constant search for true strength. We try different pills, workouts, diets, machines, etc to transform our lives. There never seems to be a perfect answer.
The same is true in our minds, we are always seeking for the next big truth, the next big ah-ha moment that will bring our mind and life to the next level. Paul writes about this in 2 Corinthians 7. He even explains the secret to true strength. The truth is our weakness is our greatest strength. Paul writes of a thorn in his side. He longs for God to take it from him, but he continues to have it so that he doesn’t become conceited.
Then Paul points out the amazing truth about our weaknesses. It is in our weaknesses that God begins to make us strong. It is when we acknowledge the fact that we cannot do this Christian life without God’s grace and empowerment. I have found that within the Christian life success follows humility. If we are prideful about something, it usually comes back to bite us. Thought when we honestly admit our weakness in an area, God blesses this weakness and uses us in spite of that weakness.
If you want true strength, you must first admit that you are weak.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.