Sunday, September 4, 2011

weakness is His strength

There has been lots of talk about interviews around here lately since our live-in friend started looking for work.  She has a job now, but the first few weeks she was pounding the pavement making connections.  

During an interview, you are often asked what your top three strengths and weaknesses are.  Three strengths?  We got that.  We attempt to articulate to the interviewer what we think they want to hear.  That we are organized, responsible, a team player.  The weakness answer is a little bit more difficult though.  We don't want to come across as having such a huge weakness that they would not want to hire us.  We mention a few things that appear small and insignificant and would by no means affect us in the workplace.

What if we had our thinking backward?  What if we spent far too much of our days and in fact out lives thinking about what we are capable of doing well on our own?  What if we choose to focus on our weaknesses?  Not to improve them per se, but just acknowledge them.  For our Creator designed both our strengths and our weaknesses.

Are we truly surrendering ALL to be used for the glory of God?  Or are we just suggesting the aspects about us that seem the most desirable?  The character qualities we think He would most likely use to equip us for the job.

God wants us to use us all at any time.  Not just our strengths on a Sunday morning but our weaknesses on a Friday afternoon too.  For in truth, our weaknesses are His strengths.  The glory is given to Him when we come to the end of ourselves and confess that it is only by His grace that we can do anything at all.

Use me in my weaknesses, Lord. 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New Living Translation (NLT)
9 Each time he said, “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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I needed to hear this one!