It was great to have so many of you responding to my request to weigh in on weakness, so at the conclusion of this week I’m going to let you folks write the Catch. I do have my own comments at the end including a very important insight I don’t want anyone to miss. Also, these are the comments that came to my private email address. There are also currently 19 public comments available at our website that I encourage you to visit. (Scroll down to yesterday’s Catch, “Celebration of weakness,” and find the link to “Comments” at the bottom.)
This concept is often described in the Holistic Healing literature (which embraces the spiritual dimension of healing) as surrender or vulnerability. If you are interested in reading about this “theology” from a variety of perspectives, the literature is out there. -Christi
(Yes, it is always interesting how truth in scripture is often confirmed by other non-Christian or unbiblical sources. This should not be a threat to believers, but a confirmation. If truth is the way the universe works, then anyone should have access to it. I’m obviously referring to propositional truth, or “truths,” as opposed to the personification of all truth in Jesus.)
I preached on this two Sundays ago. “I, therefore, delight in my weaknesses … for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). -Lynn
(We will come back to that verse in a minute.)
I did not realize I was doing this – waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel, forgetting the light that is with me right now in this darkness. I am missing the now waiting for the not yet, and it hampers His work in me and through me. -Julie
This is where we acknowledge our weakness and understand that it is only in our weakness that God’s strength is perfected within us. So it isn’t that we aren’t strong. It’s that it isn’t our strength, it’s His. -Christopher
If the cloud of, “Things are going pretty well” never lifted, I might have never found this place of dependence on a fully dependable yet wildly unpredictable God. This faith is becoming the bedrock of my soul.
This Gospel is for the weak! Spoiler alert: we are all weak. -Brian
It is a celebration of weakness, and I have lived much of my life with pain from illness, yet G-d keeps getting me through my days, and even brings things I so enjoy into my life. -June
So what do you say to those who have had the easy life, seemingly were always Christian, have been blessed over and over, and who go along with the idea that blessings come to those who deserve them? -Mary
(I don’t know what we do with those folks, but be careful, I’m one of them still trying to deconstruct for myself what is wrong about this kind of thinking.)
Some days I actually realize that the only way I get through is with Christ by my side. -Nancy
I’m reminded of my own weaknesses every day. So humbling is it that it ever keeps me from looking on in judgment of others who don’t meet my own expectations/ standards. -Selwyn
One final thought. Some of you think I’m saying Let’s just stay weak so we never have to change. That is not what I am saying.
The strength is imbedded in the weakness. You don’t go from one to the other (otherwise there would be strong Christians over there and weak ones over here – just what we don’t need – a spiritual hierarchy), you experience them both at the same time. That is why Paul says he delights in his weakness, because when he is weak, then he is strong. That’s not a pathway from one to the other. That is the discovery of one IN the other.
Older Christians are not better Christians; they are just more humble Christians, because in getting to their strength, they see more of their weakness, their sin and their need for Christ.