Turn Your Weakness Into A Weapon

“I just let Christ take over!”                     2 Corinthians 12:10 TM

Speaking of his “thorn,” Paul writes; “I was given the gift of a handicap…At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it…he told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.  Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen.  I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift…Now I take my limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks.  I just let Christ take over!  And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become” (vv. 7-10 TM).  Paul learned how to turn his weakness into a weapon by allowing it to drive him closer to God.  And that’s a lesson you must learn too.

Eugene Peterson paraphrases Christ’s first beatitude: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.  With less of you there is more of God and his rule” (Matt. 5:3 TM).  Now, you can’t just accept your character flaws and areas of defeat and say, “Well, I guess that’s just the way I am.”  You will always struggle with one thing or another.  Paul recognized this; “We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.  That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us” (2 Cor. 4:7 TM).  Like common pottery, fragile, flawed and easily broken, God will use you as you surrender and allow Him to work through you.

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional-The Word For You Today