“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
Over the past year there has been an emerging theme that seems to be spreading like a wildfire across so many areas of my life, and it won’t stop growing. I can’t explain how unqualified I feel to be getting married, being a new step-father to a 10-year-old daughter, or running a league with a majority of the participants being older than me. Most people would describe being “unqualified” as scary or a form of weakness, but I would argue to say that it’s one of the beautiful ways God flexes his unmatchable power and love for us.
Throughout the Bible, as BZ touched on in his sermon this past week, God gives story after story about how he is obsessed with using unqualified people to do the unthinkable!
I am finding that as a person who often feels unqualified during this season of life, I often relate it back to my childhood when my father would teach me how to do things like swim, throw a ball, etc. To me I was in way over my head and saturated with doubt, but to my dad it was fun, a bonding moment, and a chance to show me how amazing he is. There’s a reason I can recall the time my father taught me how to ride a bike but 20 years later I can’t recall the last time we went on a bike ride. These are the memories we hold on to for a lifetime and there is something so bonding about having to become dependent on your father’s help to accomplish a feat.
One of my favorite examples of this in the Bible is when God calls Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. When God gave Moses this call, the immediate response from Moses was, “I am nobody.” Moses felt so unqualified because he was poor in speech and in fact he points God in the direction of his brother who he thinks would be more fit to do the job. And God tells him, no you are exactly the person I am looking for! Then God goes on to make a promise to Moses by saying in Exodus 3:12, “I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you.” God is saying, I am not asking you to be the one to make the impossible happen, I will take care of that, I just need you to be willing to do the task at hand. Then once you succeed I will be waiting right here to say, “I told you so!”
If Moses would have quit because he was “unqualified”, he probably would have been considered just another person to walk on the face of the earth. But instead, not only does he lead Israel out of slavery, but he also goes on to lead God’s people right to the doorstep of the Promised Land. To this day, Moses is considered one of the greatest leaders ever to walk the earth.
Your weaknesses are all part of the perfectly created person God made you to be! Instead of viewing them the way the world sees them, you can actually stand on them and let the creator of the Universe move in ways that surpass the human understanding!
Jesus died for our past, present, and future sins. He knew that we would “shoot at the wrong basket” and He chose the cross anyway. He doesn’t want us to dwell on our mistakes, but desires us to learn from them. And because of His grace, we not only get pardoned for shooting at the wrong hoop, but we get the opportunity to shoot at the right hoop as well. Let us rejoice in the truth that Jesus is the coach that never walks away—even when you “shoot at the wrong basket.”
Spend some time today and think about where your weaknesses are or ask yourself what in your life do you feel unqualified for? Pick one of those areas and through prayer and petition, ask the Lord for His power to move through it in a way that only he can. Be willing to work on this area even if you make mistakes day after day. It’s not an overnight transformation so be patient; life is a long journey! The last key part to this is your heart posture, because in 2 Corinthians 12:9 it talks about how you will “boast” in your weakness. It’s important that this boasting comes from a pure heart of giving God the glory for how incredible He is as opposed to giving yourself the glory.
God, thank you for how you carefully crafted me with perfection. Your word says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that your “power is made perfect in weakness.” God will you use my weaknesses to manifest your power in a way that glorifies you and expands your kingdom? And during this please don’t let me become arrogant and take credit for the work that only you can do. I ask for patience and humility as you do this! I love you so much and it’s in your precious name I pray, Amen.