2 Corinthians 12:9-11
But 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
Our lives can encompass so many things that often we can feel like a juggler trying to keep everything in the air, going around in sync, without dropping anything. Sometimes at that moment, you know you feel God press something new on your heart and you wonder ‘Really God? Now? But, I have so much going on, how will I manage?’ Perhaps, you even think ‘I can’t do that’.
Why is it that when God is ready to help our dreams flourish we can immediately starve it off and think it’s not going to happen. Either we believe we are already too busy, we’re not good enough, or who am I to do it? It’s as if life and our natural way of thinking always seems to get in the way and when we include a godly task, it feels more like a challenge than a dream coming into being. With the busyness of life, a dream can feel like an obstacle to overcome or a mountain to climb. We can believe that there is never enough time and we have way too many things to do.
Yet, God is not mistaken when He calls you to do something. When He planted a seed inside of you on day one and watered it so your calling and purpose would grow, He also knew you’d have to navigate the realities of life as well. He knew you would have to undertake certain things such as work, family, commitments and responsibilities in order to simply live in this world. He doesn’t then add more to your plate just so you get overwhelmed and feel crushed. Instead, He blesses you with more so that you learn to depend on Him and desire to do life as a joint effort; To be co-labourers together.
God created you exactly how He wants you to be in order to fulfil your purpose. This includes your weaknesses. How you were created, flaws and all, is not a mistake.
In fact, I believe that sometimes the enemy wants us to become so unhealthily consumed with our weaknesses that we take on a negative mindset which removes the focus off from what God is speaking to us. This negative mindset of ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘Did God really say that’, ‘Someone else will do it’ or ‘I’m too busy’ causes us to shift our focus from the good and godly things that should be getting our time, thoughts, energy and attention, to the things that are designed to distract us.
The enemy wants to bench us, so to speak, and for us to become down and out so that we think we are not good enough and, therefore, we don’t even try.
It is important to be honest and realise your weaknesses for what they are and embrace the fact that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9). Understanding this will release you to walk in truth and do what you are supposed to do. Without recognising and accepting your weaknesses through which God’s power is displayed, you are denying an aspect of your life and preventing yourself from fully walking in your calling. You will cut-off one pathway through which God releases and demonstrates His power in your life.
Your weakness is one avenue in which people will see the true God.