The Doorpost: Our greatest strength is puny weakness compared to Christ's strength
Ray King · Jul 27, 2018
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9b
It is natural to want to be spiritually strong, but trying to produce that strength through our own goodness or effort is futile. No matter how strong we are in ourselves, our greatest strength is puny weakness compared to the strength of Christ. Placing confidence in our own strength will actually keep us from having the power of Christ.
The passage above, and the verses surrounding it, tell us we can be content with the weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities we face. Paul said he would boast in his weaknesses. His power is made perfect in our weakness. When we are weak, then we are strong.
It is only when we understand and acknowledge our weaknesses that we recognize our need for Christ’s strength and rely on Him. And it is only when we rely on His power, and not our own, that we have real power—His power—resting on us.