I’ve always been my own biggest critic. I often hold myself to unachievable standards, and blame myself when I cannot reach them. I like to do things for myself, and often don’t ask for help because I think that’ll make me weak. Of course I know in my head that God did not create me to achieve perfection by societal standards, or to be able to do everything by myself, but I often forget that. Does that sound like you? The lies of self-sufficiency and perfection are challenging to conquer, but they’re just that: lies. One of my favorite Bible verses, 2 Corinthians 12:9, has served as a reminder of this:
“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
When I mess up and sin, God’s forgiveness is more than enough.
When I need help, God’s design of community is more than enough.
When I don’t meet my own standards, the way God created me is more than enough. When I am not enough, God is more than enough.
The beauty of 2 Corinthians 12:9 is that I am free from bondage to perfection and impossible standards. Not only is my weakness permissible, but it should be gladly welcomed. My weakness highlights His strength, and isn’t my purpose in being to bring glory to God?! Therefore, when I fall short, I should not be ashamed. Rather, I should rejoice in seeing God’s power at work in my situation and boldly point the glory to Him rather than haphazardly attempting to hide my own shortcomings.
My inabilities are covered by His abilities. When His glory is on display, my inadequacy doesn’t matter; it fades into the shadows. In such a self-centered society it’s hard to understand that someone else can make up for my weakness, and to point glory away from our own selves. But what I’ve learned over time and through Scripture is that anything I may think I deserve glory for is a result of a gift of God. God’s power covers me in more ways than I know. All I am is dependent on all of Him.
When you notice your own weakness, look for God’s strength in that facet of your life and bring the attention and glory to Him. Our weaknesses are not something to be ashamed of; rather, they can act as a tool in witnessing. Think of a time recently that your weaknesses have stood out to you. (Did you blow up at a friend? Did you fall back into a pattern of sin? Did you act against something you read in Scripture?) Rather than trying to hide or compensate, how could you or did you focus on God’s perfection and power?
Written By: Emily