About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Anyone who likes music,
as I do, likes listening to music through a good quality sound system.
I like to hear the highs, the lows, and everything in between.
I like to hear the electric Fender guitar out of the right speaker,
the harmonica out of the left speaker, and the keyboard, bass, and drums out of both
speakers. I just like
listening to good music.
Years ago I learned that
a sound system is only as good as its weakest component.
You may have the best speakers, the best amplifier, but if your
speaker wires are of poor quality, your music will reflect that poor
quality. With all aspects of
life, working with weakness is an issue.
Does the Bible say anything about working with our personal
weaknesses or the weakness in others?
Sometimes our strengths
inhibit us from effectively doing God's will.
We try to accomplish His will by ourselves.
Weakness, however, can be a tool in the hand of God.
When we are humbled by weakness, God can step in and use us to
demonstrate His power and glory, as seen in the life of the apostle Paul.
2 Corinthians 12:9 reads:
"But he [Jesus]
said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.'"
Paul never allowed his
weakness to mess up his mission. It
was through a weakness that he actually got to preach the gospel to the
Galatians. Galatians 4:13
"... you know that
previously I preached the gospel to you because of a weakness
of the flesh."
We perceive weakness as
a problematic deficiency, but that is not necessarily how the Bible views
weakness. 2 Corinthians 13:4
"For he [Jesus] was
crucified in weakness, but he lives by the
power of God. For we also are
weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by God's
Weakness didn't seem to
be a problem with Jesus or Paul. Neither
got bent out of shape over it, and they certainly did not let it sidetrack
them from their task at hand. Being
humbled by weakness was one way God's strength was demonstrated in their
lives. We have much to learn
Our human tendency is to
give into our weaknesses. By
so doing, we fail to carry out our individual God-given tasks.
We also withdraw ourselves from those we are called alongside in
church because of their irritating weaknesses.
These broken relationships prevent the church from accomplishing
its God-appointed mission.
I understand that
certain weaknesses do prevent us from doing certain things.
Being legally blind restricts me from doing things I'd love to do
in the service of the Lord, but that does not make my life unusable to
Jesus. God's glory can be
demonstrated in my weakness, and the same goes for you.
I am not glorifying
weakness. I am not suggesting
we pathetically muddle around in our weakness.
I am saying that despite our weaknesses, Jesus can accomplish His
will in our lives more than most think.
I am saying that when we extend grace to those who irritate us
because of their weakness, God's glory can be demonstrated in the church,
thus accomplishing His will.