God’s power in our weakness

By Dave Henning / April 11, 2013

In Chapter 35 of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren notes that while we typically define weaknesses as flaws and imperfections, we also may be weakened by uncontrollable circumstances such as finances or job loss.  Usually, he adds, we deny, defend, excuse, hide, or resent our weaknesses.  Yet, just as our birth was no accident, neither are our weaknesses.  They are in our lives so that God can demonstrate His power through us.  For God to do this, we must follow the model of St. Paul (author’s words are in bold type):

1.  Admit your weaknesses.  Pastor Warren states that in order for God to use us, we must know who God is and who we are.  Literally and figuratively, we’re only human!

2.  Be content with your weaknesses.  At first glance, that statement seems nonsensical.  We want to be freed from our weaknesses, not be contented with them.  However, Rick points out that being content with our weaknesses (a) causes us to depend on God; (b) keeps us humble; (c) encourages fellowship with other believers; and (d) increases our capacity for empathy and ministry.

3.  Honestly share your weaknesses.  Pastor Warren asserts that vulnerability is emotionally liberating and the first step to freedom.  The most essential quality of leadership is credibility, not perfection.

4.  Glory in your weaknesses.   Rick encourages us to see ourselves as a “trophy of grace”.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Attaining the Peace of God”, from The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.



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