Each week we have You, the student, tell us what’s on your heart or some of your favorite verses. This week, Owen Meadows, tells us a little bit on weakness. Comment at the bottom or let me (Taylor) know if you have any interest in doing this in the coming up weeks. Love you guys!
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT)
You may not be physically built like that D1 football recruit in your school. You may not be the strongest singer in your choir. You may not be the most outgoing person. You may not be the smartest person in the world.
You may be a star athlete. You may sing like an angel (or in our case, like Paxton). You may be the top of the social totem pole in your school. You may be a straight A student.
We’re all blessed in different ways and serve different purposes. (See Romans 12:6-8) While our talents, personalities, and abilities differ, every human being shares one thing: weakness. Weaknesses are commonly viewed as flaws and what holds you back from being what others want you to be.
One of the many incredible things about Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him is that He takes the absolute weakest areas of our lives, and gives us strength. Not only strength, but HIS strength (might I remind you He’s wiped out a few empires and spoke everything into motion simply by His words, so go ahead and flex those muscles, or in my case, lack thereof).
So even though you may see your weaknesses as things that hold you back, the fact is, if you put your faith in Jesus, He promises to provide you with what it takes to live the life He’s planned for you. I love how Paul puts it. He says that I’m glad to boast about my weaknesses. Homie had his fair share of weaknesses, and he’s bragging about them. Don’t look at him like he’s crazy, he just knows that because he recognizes those weaknesses, that the power of the Creator can work in Him. So remember the next time someone makes fun of you because you’re scrawny, the next time you’re put down for not being what others want you to be, the next time you’re faced with the opportunity to share Jesus with someone but think you’re not as articulate about your faith as Dan is, remember that those weaknesses are perfect tools for God to use. Don’t rely on your own power, that’s why we fail. Tackle life with your sole reliance on His perfect grace, which supplies the power to overcome your weakness.
I’m not promising you to wake up in a few days and be the star athlete you’ve always wanted to be or wake up and all of a sudden be the most liked homie in the school. I’m not saying that’s impossible, but what I am saying is that regardless of the areas of your life that you recognize as your weakest areas, God sees YOU and all your weaknesses as His perfect tool to carry out His works in building His Kingdom here.
“For we are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Down here is that place where I was saying comment 🙂 Is there a time in your life where you have felt weak or felt unrecognized in the things that you do? How has God worked through those difficult times in your life?