His strength is made perfect in weakness.
We are not called to be perfect, we are called to encourage one another and lift each other up. To be strong for the weak ones, be there for them and in times when we are weak, we are to reach out to the stronger ones for help.
One of the things that made me stand in the sidelines in my service for Church is the realization of how weak I am. I was tired of my repeating the same mistakes and that never ending cycle felt to me like a drag on God until I realized it wasn’t. Realize that some Christians can be very hurtful in their attempts to help, but it’s because they don’t know better.
Oswald Chambers says that although criticism is an important part of the physical realm, it’s not our role to criticize in the spiritual. Only the Holy Spirit can criticize without wounding.
This is not to say that we should not respect our spiritual leaders, but we should not be self appointed judges. The mote we see is reflective of the beam in our eyes.
His Strength Is Made Perfect In Weakness
But before this realization was the conflict in my heart; of wanting more of God but falling short. In some way or the other, I was never content in my decision. It began to dawn on me that I was trusting in my own understanding instead of adding virtue…
I am now reading apologetics by great writers like C.S Lewis and Oswald Chambers, and I thank God for these great men that have come before me. One particular paragraph by Oswald’s book, My Utmost For His Highest says;
The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly as in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process.If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.
And when I accepted my weaknesses and made the commitment to abide with Him- I and my Spiritual measles; it has been an never ending amazing journey of failing and getting back up but never leaving. I have left Him before and nothing was solved, but now He’s taking away rash after rash, spot after spot and teaching me how to be at peace with myself.
How a Strong Faith Looks To Me
- Knowledge of where you are spiritually, your flaws and strengths.
- Daily self evaluation and daily fixation on Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him.
- Prayer and Intercession. Moving from self to others.
- Serving others and helping the needy. On this, don’t carry the camera :).
- Fellowshipping with others and being ready to help out where you can.
- Having an accountability partner who monitors your commitment to the Lord, your habits, your besetting sins if you have any and your attitude towards others.
- Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses in Relationships
I have learned that it’s possible to project on God what you have picked up, learned or gotten from the people you have been in contact with all your life. This especially applies to the important relationships.
Self evaluation is important. Being aware of your strengths and how to use them helps you to not become overbearing, with lack of understanding. It can also help you be more aware of how to help people and equip them based on your strengths.
Understanding your weaknesses shows you how to change behaviour, habits or simply how to change them into strengths.
Some of my strengths are: Passion, I am very passionate in all my interests, hardworking, a great writer and a great creative; time keeper, jovial and always happy.
Some of the weaknesses that I’m working on are; tendency to isolation, keeping quiet after disagreements, overly blunt, trusting in myself too much (spiritual), and always wanting to be in control :).
What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?