Oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with opposing meaning are used together intentionally for effect. It is a humorous exercise brainstorming together to produce a list of oxymorons. You will discover that many are enlightening, others are hilarious, and some are sad. After a few minutes on my own, I have come up with bittersweet, sweet sorrow, soft rock, jumbo shrimp, almost exactly, wickedly good. Take a few minutes and come up with your own!
2 Corinthians 12:9&10, Paul the Apostle explains that the secret of the Christian walk is oxymoronic, “But (God) 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 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.” God says, “my power is made perfect in weakness.” As a result, Paul makes these statements:
- Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
- For when I am weak, then I am strong
Notice how oxymoronic Christ’s call to each one of us is in Luke 9:23-25, “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”
- “Come after me…by taking up His cross.” You die to live.
- “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” You lose to save.
- “Whoever would save his life will lose it.” Life focused on you is lost.
- “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” He who gains the whole world, forfeits himself.
The Kingdom of God is oxymoronic. A pauper is rich. The sinner is saved. The weak are strong. The lost end up winning. His power is made perfect in weakness. Don’t get so caught up building your own kingdom and miss His.