In a world full of countless new age spiritual ‘gurus’ where everybody seems to want to be a speaker and motivator and show people how to create their dream life, we are faced daily with hard decisions. We are taught to find strength within ourselves, we are told that the only limits are the ones we can put on ourselves, and the false ‘truth’ that we ourselves are the only ‘god’ we have to answer to, is being crammed in our face at our every turn.
Can we find strength and courage accepting the admonition that ‘if it is to be, it’s up to me?’ Is this overtly reliant on self way of thinking really the way to live the greatest life possible on this earth? I suppose if you desire a future self filled to the brim with pride and self-righteousness that it is. However I think the true path to greatness is in the opposite direction.
The scribe of the most widely distributed and read writings the world has ever seen, the biggest contributor to the New Testament (approximately two-thirds), the Apostle Paul, has something quite different to say about this subject.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 we read this:
7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 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. 10 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.
Do I believe we need more people to accept 100% responsibility for their lives, the decisions they’ve made and where they find themselves in life? ABSOLUTELY! Should we work to have a good self-image and be confident in ourselves and our abilities? OF COURSE! However our self-image and confidence should not be in ourselves and our own strength, but in our identity in Christ and our weakness without the One who created us.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” – with Love, GOD.
Wow. For someone who arguably accomplished more and did more for the world than any other human being who has ever lived, short of Christ Himself, Paul seems to make his stance on this very clear.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
This is something we all need to remember as we go through our lives, for when we fully realize our own weakness, we can find His strength. Our humility allows His power to operate through us, and our obedience to Him allows it to flow in greater measure. So as you go through your life, take all of your struggles, your obstacles, your limited scope of your own potential, your self-doubt and insecurity and give it to the Lord.
“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” – Psalm 55:22
As we become less, He can become more. And when we allow God to mold us, to shape us and to use us for His purposes, we find our purpose, we find our true identity and we find the true source of our strength!
God Bless you Always,
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