“The irony of weakness is the strength it takes to admit being weak.”
Our culture today does not value any sort of weakness. We are seen as deficient human beings the moment any hint of weakness pops to the surface. The truth is…… we are all weak. We’re human and frail. None of us are coming out of this alive. What’s important is how we handle our weaknesses. Do we conquer them or do they conquer us?
Christians are considered weak by the world. I’ve heard it my entire life. I’ve also struggled with the unfairness of that concept since I fell in love with Jesus at age 13. I am a strong willed flawed individual who misses the mark so badly that perfection isn’t even on the radar. Being such a strong willed individual, it has been so hard to learn and exercise the self-discipline it takes to be who I need to be. Even harder than that, God has continuously had to change my heart so that I can even see the need to be different. My Christian life has not been lived on my weakness, but on God’s strength.
There are days that I want to tell people what I really think of them (and unfortunately I do sometimes). There are times I want to forget truth should always be wrapped in love. There are days that I want to scream that this parenting thing is too hard. There are days that my unrealistic dreams threaten to cloud out my very real responsibilities. I can promise there are many times that I want my own way; regardless of the consequences. I REALLY don’t want to love people who don’t love me. I have a really hard time answering disrespect with respect. It’s so hard to be the person you need to be when others aren’t being who they need to be. Sometimes, there are even moments when I wonder what it would be like to be able to throw my opinions and convictions to the wind and just go along with popular culture. The absence of judgement and pressure to conform would be a welcome change, except nothing is worth losing myself or my God. There are days I think, “God, what are you doing to me?” In the end, I know God holds me accountable for what I do, not my circumstances and not what others do.
“We were made for purpose more than pleasantness or painlessness.”
In bible study a few weeks ago, I realized something. The appropriate adjective for Christians isn’t weak, it’s meek. I know. It doesn’t sound appealing, either. It sounds weak, but we’re already weak, so God isn’t going to call us to be what we already are. Also, in 2 Corinthians 10:1 esv meekness is an attribute of Christ and, as Christians, we know he has tremendous power. The first definition for meek in Merriam Webster defines it as: “enduring injury with patience and without resentment.” I’ve pondered Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:15: “If I love you more am I to be loved less?” People weren’t any different in the Corinthian church than they are today. It takes strength to love because love makes us vulnerable. People don’t see the strength in love, just the weakness. If you think about all that Paul went through – especially, listed in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 – he was an example for us all in meekness.
I think this following quote says it all, it’s one of my favorites from Community Bible Study last year:
“Meekness is absolute power under perfect control.”