I grew up being told I should be well rounded. I should work on my weaknesses. The problem with that is my voice. I cannot sing. I got put on a worship team one time and they muted my microphone. Talk about embarrassing. The only other vocalist was a girl. So everyone knew what happened. True story! I tried playing the cello, violin, trombone, and guitar. Here is what I learned: all I can play well is an Iphone.
I am not good at managing details, God’s wisdom is not what comes first to my mind, and leadership as it makes sense to me does not look like Jesus. Even the good things I do, at times I do for the wrong reasons.
Then I look at all the places I have grown and I compare them to the calling God has for me, and I see a gap of weakness in my gifting. So often I do not feel like I belong as a pastor or the role I get to play. Because of my past, I feel disqualified to tell other people about Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
In the weakness of my sin, Jesus wants me to walk in victory that way I can boast in His freedom. In the weakness of the gifts I don’t have, I trust in Him to raise other people up who are strong in that gifting. In the weakness of the gift He gave me I trust him to grow the gifting. It is hard to walk in pride when you see your gifting and compare it to God’s calling on your life. Humility acknowledges that we need Jesus to grow the gift in us.
So where do you need to trust the power of Christ in your weakness. What sin do you need to confess? What gifting do you not have that you need to trust someone else to do? What gift do you have that you need the power of Christ to grow and develop?
Go to Jesus and trust in His power for you to be all you were created to be!
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus,