“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
For several years now I’ve been on a journey, several actually. One to rid myself of a vice, another to get stronger mentally, yet another to get stronger physically, and one more to lose weight and get healthier. I’ve had varying success over the years but only recently have I started to have success in all areas at once. The turning point? Realizing that I can’t do it through sheer force of my own will.
Having to admit you need help is very humbling. That help looks different across each of the areas I’ve been working but in all of the Christ has had to be present. That may mean prayer and God points you to a certain physician or friend or even job, but it begins with Christ.
Let’s pretend for a moment that I did these things on my own strength. My strength will fail which means any success would be temporary. People love to quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” but they fail to see it’s meaning. It’s not that you can do everything, but that Christ, living in you, can do everything.
Imagine how prideful our world would be if we all relied only on our own strength. There would be no need for community which would lead to a very lonely world. This is why we first have to seek the Kingdom of God, humble ourselves to realize that it’s in His strength and grace where we find a full life. His strength is limitless and I as a great sinner can attest that His grace knows no limit.
There is a great sense of peace and freedom in knowing that Gods grace is sufficient and His presence in us is made stronger when we are humbled by our weaknesses. While it may sound a little too 1984, there is truth in the statement that weakness is strength for those who place their faith in Jesus Christ.