Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Purpose Driven Life - Day 35
Day 35 - God's Power in Your Weakness
We are human beings, imperfectly human. It is when we acknowledge and embrace our weaknesses that God can use us for His will. Because it is when we admit our flaws, that we become vulnerable and that is when we realize that we need God the most.
Jesus has said: "Blessed are those who are poor in spirit." The fact is that God loves to use those who admit their shortcomings.... throughout the Bible are endless examples of imperfect people God has used. We must remember that God is never limited by our limitations.
Because of this, we must learn to be content with our weaknesses. We must stop giving into society, which dictates that we need to put on a mask and strive for perfection. That we need to be strong at all times. That we need to never show weakness for it somehow means that we are less-than ... or inferior. Paul said: "I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses."
When we own our pains and hurts, it is then, where we can be the most helpful in our ministries. It is then when we are able to exhibit compassion towards those who are in need. It is then when we are able to be considerate of others who are hurting or facing their own weaknesses. It is through your deepest hurts that you greatest service to God is born.
Vulnerability is emotionally liberating. So we need to learn to reveal our failures, feelings, frustrations and fears, we need to risk rejection. We need to be okay in our emotional nakedness. Realize that God sees all and there is nobody else we need to impress. So does it not make sense that if we are true to God - admitting all of our short-comings, then it should not matter what any one else thinks? Only God can judge me. And it is only His judgement that matters. In the meantime, if we stop trying to be strong, stop trying to pretend that we are immune to human errors ... this is when we say to the Lord; "Use me!" And He will!
My favorite quote of the day: "Our strengths create competition, but our weaknesses create community."
When we posture, we are suggesting to others that they will never accomplish the level of a pain-free, mistake-free existence that we have achieved. For it is impossible to achieve something that is false to begin with. In the meantime, you present yourself as being 'better than' ... which makes you un-relatable to those who you are trying to help. To those whom God would have you serve. But when you show your weaknesses, allow others to see how the Lord is using you ... then they too will be encouraged to strip away the false veils and allow themselves to also be of service to the Lord.
"My grace is sufficient for you, My power is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9A (NIV)
And this concludes our 4th Purpose - You were SHAPED for Serving God.
Tomorrow we begin to examine the 5th and final Purpose - You were Made for a Mission.
Enjoy your night, Friend!