My Life Verses: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Day 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 me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10)

These verses again comes out of the period in my life where I dropped out of college and lived back home for awhile.  As stated in my previous post, this felt to me like such a failed time for various reasons.  Yet, I had one college friend tell me that she thought I was so strong for actually admitting I needed help and that she often wished she had the guts to do what I did.  I remember thinking, “Strong? Gutsy? Those are the last words I would use to describe myself right now!”

And then somehow I saw these verses and they reverberated across my soul in a very powerful way.  I was reminded of what my friend had told me and saw the same sentiment echoed here:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness … For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Never had I identified more with these statements or lived the reality of them so deeply.  As I began to work through some of my issues, I came back to these verses over and over again.  And slowly their truth began to seep deep down into the very fabric of my being.

The idea behind 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 has played out numerous times in my life since then.  I have realized that, by simply swallowing our pride and admitting we are weak before the Almighty God, we can provide the very backdrop on which His power can shine through us.  Such a paradox!  My pastor often quotes Micah 6:8,He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

I once had a leader in my church’s young adult group who truly exemplified this notion of walking humbling before God and others.  He would sometimes share during our large group talks about issues he was struggling with at the time.  And, instead of making me look down upon him for admitting such weakness, it actually made me respect and admire him even more!  To see this concept of strength behind weakness being played out in a such a tangible way before me was powerful.  It stuck with me to this day and still influences how I try to relate to others.

Because to understand it is only by first admitting I am a broken person that I can then begin to realize I am in need of a Savior.  And that we are all broken people!  Jesus himself said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matt 9:12-13) 

I don’t know if I have come as far as “boasting” about my weaknesses but I do know that I have realized the need of giving them back up to God.  And that only then can He began to use them for His glory in my life and the lives of those I touch. 

     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 me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10)

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