We all like to accentuate our ‘strengths’ to a degree. What we and others view as strengths can be physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual. Everyone has been blessed by God in many ways. Each of the strengths we have been blessed with are gifts we have been given for building up the kingdom of God. Many of these gifts are also used in endeavors such as work, athletics, school, and relationships.
We also all have weaknesses. Most of the time we prefer to keep these hidden away. We prefer to keep these tucked into a dark corner. But when we do this, we are limiting the power of Christ in our lives. Even though we try to keep them hidden away, they are still there. Even though we pretend they do not exist, our weaknesses still rise up from time to time. In turning them over to Christ and calling on His power to come along side us in our battles, we can experience His strength in our lives.
One of the best ways to build your strengths and to work on your weaknesses is to be in a small group. For example, my brothers in Christ have come to know my strengths over time. They encourage me to use these strengths in helping others grow in their faith. But they also have come to know the weaknesses in my life. My brothers in Christ hold me accountable. They check in with me to see how I am doing in relying on Christ for my strength in these battles. These men of God pray for me in my struggles. To them, I offer the same things in return.
God made us just as we are – the good and bad alike. Like with Paul, these ‘thorns’ we all have keep us humble. They keep us within the knowledge that we really need God to make it through life. God desires to use both our strengths and weaknesses to build His kingdom here on earth. May we all learn to offer both up to God for His glory.
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10