Power resides on the elite. The strongest, richest, most beautiful, smartest; highest social or financial status, business or political positions have the most power in our world. TV, the press, magazines, and the internet can’t get enough of these people. Power seems to “rest” on them and many others who are ambitiously, tirelessly, and even ruthlessly trying to reach elite, powerful status. Crazy thing about it, most of these folks on a personal level are train wrecks. Why? There’s always a lust for more.
In the spiritual world of Jesus, powerful people are very different than what is described above. In 2 Corinthians 12:9&10, Paul the Apostle explains what Jesus considers powerful, “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 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.” Jesus is looking for people who recognize and confess their weakness; people who are willing to trust Him completely with the management of their lives becoming a conduit of His power. In fact, He says his “power is made perfect in (their) weakness.” A great analogy here is the conduction of electricity through metal. It is extremely difficult to conduct electricity through strong metals such as iron or steel. Why? There is too much resistance. However, electricity is easily conducted in a pliable, weak metal like copper. Why? There is little resistance. The weaker the metal the less resistance and stronger the electrical current. Electricity is perfected in weakness. Likewise, the power of Jesus is perfected in our weakness. Why? There is little resistance. Paul makes an amazing comment. Christ’s “power rests” on the weak. Then, he summarizes it all up in a closing statement. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
This is huge if you who are struggling in your personal lives. You may have just gone through a divorce or lost a job and feel like a failure. You may be one who aspired a certain status in life and have not measured up to family or personal expectations and feel like a reject. You may have lost joy and don’t know who to turn to in this miserable COVID financial environment. You may be super self-conscious about your weight or your physical looks. You may have no meaningful relationships. As a result, you are super lonely. You may be like me buried in depression and hyper-anxiety and see no hope. Believe it or not, each of you are in a perfect position to establish and grow a relationship with Jesus. His power can be perfected in your weakness. Don’t let self-talk keep you away from His all accepting grace which will be sufficient for you.
His power will rest on you. In your weakness, He is strong