Think about what makes a person strong? Independence, a self-made person, strong minded, financially secure? Top of their “field,” athletically, academically smart? Whom or what is it that makes us so say, what we value as strength in some one? Recently someone called me and in our conversation about Paul and the “thorn” he remarked in a quiet reverential tone toward Paul. “Paul was a tough old dude.” I said to him, “NO,HE WASN’T!” Paul tells us his strength was the realization of how weak he was, and where his true strength came from. When the pain came he turned to the Person, the Lord Jesus to speak to Him about it. Think about it, when tough times come, where do you turn to or whom do you turn to? Paul was not a “strong man,” he was a DEPENDENT man, whose strength came through relying on the LORD Jesus. Been weakened enough from self-sufficiency is often the beginning of deeper intimacy with the Lord Jesus and experiencing and manifesting His power through weakness. Are you weak enough for His power?
Are you clinging on to the “if it’s got to be, it’s up to me” attitude or are you realizing your weakness is God’s opportunity to meet you and display Himself to and through you? There is no such thing as being too “weak” to be used by God, but there is such a thing as being too “strong” in your own sufficiency, to be used by Him!
Self-sufficiency is antithesis to Christ’s sufficiency. Are you too strong to be used by God?
Are you weak enough for God to use you? What do you view as your greatest strength? Mature Christians are often Christians who have suffered much and who are weak enough to be dependent upon the LORD JESUS. Spiritual strength is often shaped, formed, developed through the furnace of affliction and manifested through weak individuals. Taking your weakness to Jesus is your greatest strength. “When I am weak then I am strong!”
Don’t seek to be strong, seek to be dependent!