I can remember as a young lad feeling powerful when I won “king of the hill” competing against the neighborhood kids. When I got into high school, I wanted to be known at least as one of the strongest weight lifters if not the strongest. Being strong in all aspects of life in this world is an aspect in which most males aspire. Being strong carries status.
In the Bible, the opposite is true. Arguably the most powerful man of God outside of Jesus who ever lived, on all top 10 lists, Paul the Apostle would be judged and recognized as #1…top ranked. He was from an aristocratic family with a doctorate in law known as a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” Before becoming a Christian, he sky-rocketed in his career rising to the top of the Hebrew government. As a Christian, he authored 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament. A number of his letters are recognized as the most powerful epistles written (even though all are the inspired Word of God). He carried the gospel throughout the known world at that time.
What was His secret?! Listen to Paul’s own words in 2 Corinthians 12 9 But he (God) said to me (Paul), “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. He gave us the secret. When we are weak, Christ’s power rests on us!
Allow me to use an analogy. Steel, an alloy of iron and carbon, is a very strong metal. However, when you try to conduct electricity through steel, it is a very ineffective conductor. Why? It is too strong and puts up too much resistance. However, when electricity is conducted through copper, it is a very effective conductor. Why? It is weak and unstable and puts up very little resistance. Thus, electricity can max out its power. Electricity is made perfect in the weakness of copper.
Now, let’s go back up to the verses above especially verse 9. God told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Here is the surprising answer from God. When we are weak, His power is made perfect in us. Why? Because once we trust in Him, his power is conducted easily through us. There is very little resistance.
The Bible states in Ephesians 5:11:18b, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is like electricity in the above analogy. In your weakness, you become obedient to God on a moment-by-moment basis, and God Himself (the Holy Spirit) conducts His business and His grace, mercy and love are made perfect through you. Now, that’s powerful stuff!
So, here is my conclusion, 10 for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. AMEN!!