When I am weak, then I am strong

1 Corinthians 4:6-7 (ESV) “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

Have you ever wanted to mow your neighbor’s lawn, just for fun? Probably not. Why? Because it’s not yours. It doesn't belong to you. You didn’t pay for it, so you're not responsible for it.

Why then, do we try to take on the full weight of what God has given to us by grace and purchased for us by his Son’s blood? What I have from God has been purchased for me. I didn’t earn a single good thing that God gave me. If that’s the case, then I am not responsible for maintaining any level of righteousness on my own strength.

Isaiah 46:3-4 says,

“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”

My identity is not my responsibility to maintain or define. It has been created by God and redeemed by the blood of Jesus. God, who created it, will sustain it.

My spiritual vitality is not dependent on my performance. Even disciplines like prayer, worship, and reading Scripture are all simply a means of positioning myself to receive his grace and empowerment -- which has already been purchased for me.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay...”

In Jesus, there’s no pressure for you to be anything other than who you already are -- a new creation. My weakness does not disqualify me. Rather, my weakness perfectly positions me to receive grace -- the only thing that is powerful enough to enable me to walk out the call of God on my life. I don’t have to pretend that I am anything “better” than what I am. I don’t have to put up a facade for others.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Prayer: "Jesus, thank you that you are enough for me. I ask for you to reveal your grace to me in a new and fresh way, and to remove the temptation to measure up in my own strength. I receive your grace and empowerment to walk out Your calling on my life."

  • Devotional by Adam Baldwin