“29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (1 Corinthians 11:29-30)
Rat race. The whole world can be compared to a large group of mice, set in a maze forced to race against each other, to win the cheese at the end. No matter how you look at it, there is always going to be way more losers than winners in this game of life, and unfortunately this is how the natural world is designed. There can only be one CEO in companies, one main supervisor, one manager, or one pastor or reverend of the church. Sometimes we all just shake our heads. Growing discouraged and distraught you wonder if there is a place for you in this world, or will it always be Survival of the Fittest.
Joyously! In the kingdom of heaven God does not abide by the laws of nature or Darwin’s Theory of the strongest survive and the weak perish. Oh quite the contrary! Throughout the Old Testament the Jews believed in the prophecies told from Isaiah, Daniel, Malachi and other prophets about their coming Messiah who would establish the kingdom of heaven here on Earth. They believed their Messiah would save them and reunite the twelve tribes of Israel. However, the Jews did not believe or expect for Jesus, their Messiah, the Son of God, would come in the form of a lowly carpenter, with no wealth or prestige to follow. Jesus instead of bringing a sword to wipe away the Roman empire, gave people of all nations salvation. Jesus spoke to the Samaritans, Gentiles, tax collectors, thieves about how they can become children of God too, even though society deemed less worthy.
And the same applies to YOU. God’s kingdom will always supersede the natural or worldly realm. Where people compete, demonize and demean others for their lack of skills or racial background or education, God will always welcome them with open arms. It is through Jesus Christ, because you are washed in the blood, and made white as snow. That God uses your greatest weaknesses to be your strongest assests. He will you build into the glorious creation He planned you to be, by using your weaknesses as a way for you to depend fully on Him, for His guidance and strength. Isn’t it wonder that God does not throw us aside or consider us unable, unfit, or incompetent to use, but instead transform us into glorious masterpieces of His grace. How heartwarming is it that we have a God who encourages us to be honest with Him, when we are weak, so He can make us strong!
Think About It
- Take a minute and think about your weaknesses (examples: anger issues, unforgiveness, impatience, fear of people, fear of speaking publicly). List 2-3 of them and write about how or why are they your weaknesses. Have you had trauma or past experiences that caused them?
- Why is it important, especially as a Christian for you to recognize your experiences and limitations?
- Read Matthew 19:16-26. Why is it so essential for us to understand “nothing is impossible for God?” What does Matthew 19:26 mean to you if you fall short and sin, or if your not progressing as much as you want to?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for being a loving and compassionate Father. Thank you Lord for looking upon me favorably and loving me still in spite of how weak I am in some areas. Lord I know I am not perfect. And I trust in believe when I am weak or when I feel the urge to give up, I will look to you, because you are my Everlasting Strength. In Christ Jesus name, I pray Amen.