DayBreaks for 05/23/13 – We Need Not Lower Our Eyes
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2 Corinthians 12:9-10a – “9 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. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses…”
How do you feel about your weaknesses? Do you delight in them? Do you boast in them? If you’re like me, I try my hardest to hide my weaknesses. I don’t want to admit them to anyone else. I don’t want anyone else to know about them. I am ashamed of my weaknesses. And perhaps, in a way, it is right to be ashamed of them. But on the other hand, it is wrong for me to be so focused on hiding my weaknesses and worrying about what others think of them.
Still, I find Paul’s attitude about his weaknesses to be stunningly refreshing. Paul doesn’t seem to care about what others think about his weaknesses. He didn’t seem to be worried that they’ll see him as a flawed human being. He delighted, he BRAGGED about his weaknesses! Why? Because his focus wasn’t on himself and his weaknesses – his focus was on the God who did something about his weaknesses and how God’s power to change lives and free from guilt finds its greatest witness in the works and tears of a fallen and flawed human being who has been lifted up from the gutter of failure and despair and made to rise up on eagle’s wings1
Paul’s focus wasn’t on his weaknesses, but on God’s grace and Christ’s power. When I become so focused on my weaknesses that I hang my head in shame and spend great effort to hide my weaknesses, I am denying the Spirit the chance to witness to others that God has done something great in my life through my weaknesses and my awareness of my weaknesses. Besides, if I pretend to be without weaknesses, everyone knows I am a liar and hypocrite. Why not be real and legitimate? Why not boast, yes even brag, about my weaknesses – but even more so about my God who loves a sinner like me!
“Whatever our failings may be, we need not lower our eyes in the presence of Jesus.” – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
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