Physically/Physiologically: I am lactose intolerant. I require corrective lenses to see any detail in life, beyond the variation of light and dark. I struggle to lift heavy things. Bones in my arm break when I throw a baseball hard. My back hurts. I sprain my ankles often.
Emotionally: I get lonely. I can be self-centered. I become angered too easily. I get stressed out unnecessarily. I focus on the past. I carry the weight of burdens I don’t need to carry.
Organizationally: I am not organized. I procrastinate. I forget because I don’t write things in my agenda. I remember to write things in my agenda, then I forget to look at my agenda (I sadly missed a good friend’s wedding because of this; it’s a real problem…this was an eye-opening experience). I can be scatter-brained (squirrel), and sometimes I struggle to stay focused on a task.
Relationally: I fail at times. I don’t always follow up the way I should. I communicate poorly in some situations. I miss what other people are trying to say. I discount what others say. I can be prideful. I miss opportunities to show friends and family they are loved. I put myself first.
Spiritually: I falter. I doubt. I experience the battle between spirit and flesh, and don’t always choose what I know to be right. I don’t always choose the way out, even though it is always there. I misstep. At times, I have not represented the King well. I know I’m entrusted with His message of love and reconciliation for the world, but I don’t always bear His image well. I don’t always deliver His great invitation the way I am called to. At times, I take my eyes off the cross, and all that Jesus accomplished. I get wrapped up in the world. I don’t live as a child of Royalty should live. I make idols of worldly things. I turn my back on the perfect Father. I seek pleasure in the pseudo-joys the world offers, when I neglect the true joy I have in Him.
I am weak.
But, GOD IS STRONG. Though I falter, He never falters. I act in a way that detracts from my character at times; He never does. My flesh fails; He never has and never will.
Though I am weak, I serve a God who is strong; not strong in a manner comprehended by the human mind either. He is powerful. He created all galaxies. He created earth, and every inhabitant. The stars and skies and mountains and oceans and streams and wildlife proclaim His greatness. He calms the wind and waves. He speaks life where there is death; He brings the long-dead out of the tomb. Time is in His hands.
His great strength, and His great love, mesh intimately. He lavishes love. He is compassionate. He resisted temptation with endurance, never failing. He lived a perfect life, then died in our place. He is the lion that became the lamb.
When angry, He was righteously angry. He never missteps. His character is flawless. His love breaks down walls. His power conquers addiction, loneliness, loss, and every earthly struggle imaginable. Even death has been defeated, by His perfect plan. His Word stands forever. He is steadfast. He doesn’t forget us. He will never leave us or forsake us. Every good quality belongs to Him. He is, put quite simply, very great.
His Spirit, Holy Spirit, lives in me. Though I am weak, I have relation with the One whose strength we cannot comprehend. Not distant relationship either; He calls me son. He has grouped me as a coheir with Jesus. This is big news! This single truth has changed the way each of my days is lived. It has changed my perspective on the situations that I face. It has motivated me in my conversations and interactions. It has altered my goals and ambitions, my hopes and desires. It has remolded my heart. It continually redirects my eyes towards the cross.
If you haven’t experienced relationship with the King, it’s not because He is unwilling. The offer stands: come and feast at the King’s table. The table is set. There is a seat with your name on it. Accept His love. Experience worthwhile living, as you learn of the King’s greatness, and how to respond to His love. His love is on display for all to see. He is the hope for all nations. True, lasting joy is found only in Him; my prayer is that you would know Him.
By His stripes we are healed. Call on Him as Savior today. The work of the cross has already been done. Allow His love to do a work in your heart. In your weakness, be made strong, by the only One who is strong.
It’s not about a slow progression from wrongness to goodness, it’s all about a transformation from death to life. This comes by knowing Jesus as Savior.
He makes the weak strong. He makes me strong, and He will do the same for you. Come and see that the Lord is good.
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.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10