The Bible is filled with examples of how God loves to use imperfect, ordinary people to do extraordinary things in spite of their weaknesses. You may be tempted to conclude “God could never use me”. But God is never limited by our limitations—in fact, he enjoys putting his greatest power into ordinary containers.
God will use us if we allow him to work thru our weaknesses. For that to happen, we:
Admit our weaknesses. Let’s stop pretending to having it all together, & be honest;
Be content with our weaknesses. Whenever we are feeling weak, God is reminding us to depend on Him. Our weaknesses also prevent arrogance. They keep us humble. Our weaknesses also encourage fellowship between believers.
While strength breeds an independent spirit, our limitations show how much we need each other. When we weave the weak strands of our lives together, a rope of great strength is created. Vance Havner said “Christians, like snowflakes, are frail, but when they stick together, they can stop traffic”.
Our weaknesses increase our capacity for sympathy. We are far more likely to be compassionate & considerate of the weaknesses of others. Other people will find healing in our wounds. Our greatest life messages come out of our deepest hurts. The things we are most embarrassed about, most ashamed of, & most reluctant to share are the very tools God can use most powerfully to heal others. God specializes in turning weaknesses into strengths—he wants to take our greatest weakness & transform it.
Honestly share our weaknesses. Vulnerability is risky, but emotionally liberating—opening up relieves stress, defuses our fears, & is the 1st step to freedom. Humility isn’t denying our strengths, but being honest about our weaknesses. Vulnerability is an endearing quality; we are drawn to humble people. Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, & vulnerability is the pathway to intimacy. When others see God using us in spite of our weaknesses, it encourages them to think “Maybe God can use me!”
At some point in our lives we must decide whether we want to impress people or influence people. The most essential quality for leadership isn’t perfection, but credibility. People must be able to trust us, or they won’t follow us. We built credibility not by pretending to be perfect, but by being honest.
Glory in our weaknesses. Sometimes God turns a strength into a weakness in order to use us even more. Jacob was a manipulator who spent his life scheming & then running from the consequences. When God turned Jacob’s strength (the thigh muscle is the strongest in the body) into a weakness, Jacob walked with a limb & could never run again. It forced him to lean on God whether he liked it or not.
God works best when I admit my weakness. I am with you, that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people. –2Corinthians 12:92(LB)
Question to Consider: Am I limiting God’s power in my life by trying to hide my weaknesses? What do I need to be honest about in order to help others? I stopped trying to hide my weaknesses last year when I began this blog w/Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. How? In one of the chapters questions, I came out about my abortion, which deeply hurt me, & was something I was ashamed of & very reluctant to share—it made me more humble & vulnerable, but also wanting to speak to others when they consider abortion an alternative.