For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
As is often the case, the principles in the Kingdom of God run contrary to our thinking. Who would ever say, “I am content with weakness.” We brag about our strengths. Who would say, “In my weakness, I am strong.” We celebrate the strong and powerful.
Paul understood that the laws of the kingdom of God are different than the laws of this world. He knew that God’s power is often strongest in those who are weakest.
God Uses the Weak
God loves using weak and flawed people. Hudson Taylor was born almost 100 years ago and was one of God’s greatest missionaries. He was turned down by every missionary organization of his time. No thought he had what it takes to be a missionary in a foreign land. However, that didn’t stop Hudson Taylor. In spite of all those rejections, Hudson traveled to China following God’s call. He assumed that if God had called Him, God would provide. Hudson Taylor preached the Gospel across China without the support of a mission organization. He spent 51 years in China. There he established churches, schools, and encouraged over 800 other missionaries to come to China.
This man who everyone said would never make it, become one of the most important missionaries in history. Here is what he said about weakness.
“All God’s giants were weak mean who did great things for God because the reckoned God to be with them.”
We expect great, important people to do big things. No one is surprised when the good looking, articulate, well-educated person achieves success. When God uses weak people to do great things, there is no question who gets the glory. Moses, David, Peter, and Paul were all weak men who God used greatly.
God Can Use You
No matter your situation, failures, or weaknesses, God can still use you to do great things for the Kingdom of God. Your weakness will not keep God from using you.
You can use your weakness as an excuse or allow God to do great things through you.
When you understand that God can use your weakness for His glory, you can praise Him for your frailty.
Look at that promise again.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10
Make This confession.
God uses weak people to do great things.
When I am weak, God is strong through me.
My weakness will not keep God from using me.
God can use my weakness for His glory.
In Jesus Name,
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