Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Be weak!

I think it's better to be weak than strong. The words such as 'dedicated', 'strong' and 'committed' may sound appealing, but I wonder if it can help us in any way in our christian walk.

It's hard for me to admit that I am not strong but weak (especially as a man!). I have figured out that, any person, doesn't matter how dedicated they are in their Christian walk, is prone to temptation, sin and all kinds of troubles in life.

Some of the things we do or think might surprise us. The things which we thought we would never do or think as a Christian. Sometimes we sit and wonder, how in the world so and so person could do such a terrible thing, not knowing that, we too, given the right circumstances, could do the very same thing. Most of the time, it's the mater of time and right circumstance.

Apostle Paul was probably the most well known Christian ever lived on the planet earth. God used him to write 14 New Testament Epistles. That to me, is a huge thing! The person who possessed unbelievable depth and insight into the things of God. God used him mightily to reach so many people including Jews and Gentiles all around the world.

Yet, he made a surprising statement when he wrote his letter to the people at Corinth: "If I boast, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses".

Did you expect such a statement from the most influential, well known, zealous Christian? I think it reveals a very fundamental principle of Christian living: what counts is not your strength, but your weakness.

Give up your dedication, give up your commitment, give up your strength, give up your stinking self-righteousness and embrace God's awesome grace just like apostle Paul did. He came to a conclusion that "His grace is sufficient for me".

What about you?

It is in your weakness, Christ's power would rest on you. So, stop boasting about the things you do, the things you give up for godliness, the sins you abstain from, the integrity you think you have. Your dedication will melt away in a matter of seconds, if you are given the right circumstance. The mask will fall off from your face when you would least expect that it would happen.

At that moment, don't be surprised at the thing you did/thought because God is not surprised anyways! He always knew that you couldn't keep it up. That is why He sent His only begotten Son to do it for you. That is why He sent His own Spirit to do it through you.

He says, "His power is made perfect in your weakness". Apostle encourages us to "delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties." Then, he went on to say this most astounding statement: "For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

A Christian's strength is in his weakness. If you are in a mess in your life, don't think it is unusual. It isn't! When you are tempted to do the things you have never imagined doing, don't be surprised. It is not unusual. When you fall flat on your face in the privacy of your room, know that you are weak and it's perfectly alright, because "his power is made perfect in your weakness". You are not going to live a perfect life in this world. So, don't even try. Just give up!

You WILL have troubles, you WILL have temptations, you WILL sin, you WILL get insulted, you WILL have hardships, persecutions and difficulties. If you would unrealistically expect anything contrary to this, you are buckling yourself up to face some deep disappointment, depression and disillusionment in your life.

Don't think troubles are unusual for a Christian. If you have it, you are perfectly normal. In fact, I would question a person's honesty if he claim that he has no troubles in his life and is always happy. The fact is, in the midst of all the mess you are in right now, the emotional or physical trauma you are going through, the secret sins you might be doing, the dirty desires in your heart, know this with full assurance: you are perfectly loved, accepted and eternally forgiven as a child of God. Take strength from that very fact and don't be afraid to be weak and vulnerable.

Again, when you are weak, then you are strong!

17 comments:

theoldadam said...

Great post!

"In this world you will have trouble. But be of good cheer for I have overcome the world." - Jesus

Amy said...

Bino,
Excellent post! Such good encouragement for us to not condemn ourselves for our weaknesses, but rather see those spaces as cracks where Papa's Grace can illuminate and shine through for others and ourselves, to bring hope, healing and inspiration of His amazing healing and Love.

I loved what you said here:

"...know this with full assurance: you are perfectly loved, accepted and eternally forgiven as a child of God. Take strength from that very fact and don't be afraid to be weak and vulnerable."

Blessings,
~Amy :)

Bino M. said...

Steve - Thanks! Glad you quoted that scripture. That's exactly the point I was getting at.

Amy - Thank you for your encouragement (as always)!

Joe said...

Bino,

Another good one. I think our weakness is only truly apparent when we really start serving God and living for Him.

I think it was Skip Heitzig who said something along the lines that the devil saves his ammunition for where it will do the most harm. Well, why would the devil bother the one who isn't serving God? He's already got him. But the Christian...ah! Now there's a target for you!

As soon as you start digging in and holding your ground, the enemy starts firing away!

The Lewis Family said...

That was a good reminder. I love His freedom. Sometimes I start looking at myself and I need a good ole smack in the head to reminde me that all I need to do is let go.

I feel old and forgetful (weak in the brain), I may have mentioned this story before, but I had a friend who was beginning to see what Jesus had done and that she didn't have to TRY anymore. She had this picture of herself being assaulted by all sorts of satanic arrows of slime and they were peircing her and God told her to look to him. And as she looked to Him worshiping Him (the same thing really) the arrows started melting off her. They could do no damage.

John Fincher said...

Great post, brother. You're correct, it's especially difficult for a man to admit weakness.

I think that's how Satan gets us so easily. He's had LOTS of practice with human nature for thousands of years.

And it works the same EVERY time.

Probably thinks us all a bunch of suckers. Blasphemes God's creation FOR our weakness, which makes it all a vicious cycle.

Peace

lionwoman said...

Thanks Bino, I needed to hear this. We all know the Bible teaches on the strength in weakness. Yet it serves to undermine the purposes of organized Christianity. I saw that only the strong flourished in IC. Those who were weak, burdened with troubles, etc. stopped attending after awhile. It's a paradigm shift, believing this in our hearts when our culture so strongly teaches otherwise. Thanks for writing!

Bino M. said...

Joe, Lewis Family, John, Amy - Thank you all! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it encourages me...

Jamie said...

Ahhh,my brother...have you been looking into my heart???

Thank you for your words, your love, and your encouragement. And thank you for sharing yourself and this journey with me. We SOOO need the Christ in each other.

Hugging you BIG right about now. :D

Ike said...

Everything that God is doing from the day that Christ has come, is a work of subtraction, not addition. He already has everything in Himself. He’s needing no more. He’s just needing less of us.

Bino M. said...

Jamie - Thank you! You comments always encourages me... Hugging you back... :)

Ike - Thanks brother!

Ike said...

Hey Bino, you haven't posted lately.........would you like me to write a nice post for you on total depravity and our inability to choose?

Bino M. said...

Ike - Our inability to choose? I thought God has given us free will. However, I would certainly like to see your post. Pls. send to my email.

Leonard said...

Thanks Bro, cant get enough of these.
Best
U.

Bino M. said...

Hey Leonard - Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda said...

Bino,

Happened to stop by your blog tonight. This post was just the reminder I needed. I love that we have Christ to take us through those weak times when we would surely fall on our own.
Thanks for the encouragement!

Lynda

Bino M. said...

Lynda - Glad it helped. Thanks for stopping by!