“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” .(2 Corinthians 12:9)
The Lord is known to say things once and end with, “I the Lord have spoken”; but in the verse above case, three times, He emphasises this point.
Whether we go with the NLT which says, “My power works best in weakness” or the KJV’s, “My strength is made perfect in weakness” it is clear that weakness is fertile and the suitable soil for a display and cultivation of the power of Christ.
If His power works best in weakness and we live in a generation where self-empowerment and aggrandisement is the norm and expectation, could this be why Christianity has become an ‘add-on’ or just one of the multifaceted areas of a person’s life in our day, rather than the core, essence and entire hope of their lives?
G.K. Chesterton narrates:
“St. Francis of Assisi visited Rome and the pope of the day proudly showed him all the wondrous treasures of the Vatican. Referring to the story in the Acts 3, in which St. Peter spoke with a beggar in Jerusalem and told him he had no money, the pope pointed to the treasures around him and said, “Peter can no longer say ‘Silver and gold have I none.’”
St. Francis’ response: “Neither can he say, ‘Rise up and walk.’”
Oh Church! Why, Church? It is most okay not to be okay. It is not weak to be weak.
Do we even cry these days or have we exchanged the power of Christ for our overflow of gold and silver?
Where are the bed-side tissues and the tears which we are promised in Revelation 21:4, will be wiped away in the New Jerusalem?
Does the promise in that verse (Rev. 21:4) bring any encouragement to you or is it something you cannot relate to as you revel in your best life now?
21st Century Christian, where is your weakness?
What version of Jesus’ power do you desire – the good or the better?
He makes it clear that the best display and experience of His power is in weakness.
BOAST in your weakness and let the power of Christ be displayed in your life in its full splendour.