Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - NLT 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
If we are like most people, we like to boast about what we perceive we are good at. We like to let people know “I got this!” Maybe you are not outspoken about your abilities, but secretly you think, “I could do that so much better,” or “If that was me…” Either way, in those moments, we are trusting in our own abilities and power. If we were to keep score of all the times we entered into circumstances thinking “I got this,” we would probably have a losing record. As limited beings concerning knowledge, control, and power, there is so much we are incapable of doing. The saying, “If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything,” just doesn't work and we know it. In this passage, Paul an Apostle of Jesus, informs us that Jesus has let him in on a little secret that will take his losing season, and turn it into a Cinderella story. The secret: “My grace (ability and insight provided freely from Jesus) is all you need. My power works best in weakness (when you give up using and trusting in your own limited strength and draw from my infinite and boundless strength)." (emphasis mine.) Jesus is saying, when we supply weakness, He will supply power. But when we determine we can do things on our own, and say, “back off!” He does. Because He loves us and wants us to experience His best, He tells us to simply admit that there is no occasion or circumstance we can navigate perfectly in our own power. When we finally come to the place where we say, “I am limited, and weak, that’s when Jesus is able to move in. In those moments, we become the occasion for Jesus to demonstrate His power and love in us and through us, for His glory. See, that’s what it is all about in the end. That people would know and experience Jesus, and that only happens when we admit we need Him desperately. Acknowledge your weakness and watch His power work in you!