2 Corinthians 12:9
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Many people look for ways to achieve fame and recognition. In the modern digital age in which we live, many make outlandish statements or do weird things to place on their social media platform in hopes that they can gain a following. The reason they want such a following is because they want the glory and the influence that comes with it.
However, in the Christian walk, you don’t become renowned by doing things in your own power, but you gain distinction and glory by doing things through the power of Christ. Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul understood that Christ has to bring us to the point where we have to rely on Him to continue serving Him. He understood that Christ’s power is magnified through our weakness.
In verse 10, Paul said that he took pleasure in “infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake.” Paul understood that when sickness made him weak, he needed the power of Christ to do the work of the LORD. He understood that when people attacked him, and when he didn’t have everything he needed at hand, that it forced him to his knees to get God’s help. Paul knew that he gained spiritual strength to continue while he was on his knees in prayer. The whole reason he could glory in infirmities is because the infirmity is what made him look up to Christ for His power to do the work of the LORD.
I was talking to a pastor friend of mine who was going through great battles in his ministry, and I asked him how he was doing. He responded that he was taking it one day at a time. He then made a statement that grabbed my attention. He said, “If the only thing that this battle has done is to force me to spend hours praying for God’s help, then this battle is well worth going through.” What this pastor friend of mine learned was that God’s power rests on those who are weak.
God has never used anyone mightily without something that will drive them to their knees to plead for His help and power. So, you want to be used by God? Let me warn you that everyone Christ has ever used has had to carry a cross through their life so that the lost world could see the power of Christ working them. My friend, God doesn’t use us because of our strength, but He uses us in spite of our weakness. God has to bring us to the point that we are empty of ourselves so that He can empower us to be used mightily.
The more you fight whatever God has allowed in your life, the more you put off the opportunity for God to use you. You ask, “How can I make it through my daily life with this infirmity?” My answer to you is that God’s “grace is sufficient for thee.” When your infirmity, reproach, necessity, persecution, or distress empties you of yourself, look up to God and realize that He has the power to use your infirmity to bring glory to His name and your life.
Stop fighting your infirmity. If you recognize that God uses infirmities so that He can empower you, you will realize that your infirmity can be your friend. Your infirmity is your enemy if you let it keep you down, but it can become your friend if you will look to Christ to empower you in spite of how difficult and embarrassing it may be to carry it.