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2 Corinthians 11:30
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
St. Paul the Apostle had spent this whole chapter defending his authority as an Apostle. Other leaders had taken advantage of the young church Paul had established. And so he listed the personal prices he had paid to follow Jesus. In the end, he felt bad about promoting himself and said, “If you’re going to force me to do this, I would much rather boast about my weaknesses.”
Every man and woman who claims to be a “Follower of Jesus,” must approach his or her faith just like Paul did. He was totally aware of his inabilities, his inefficiencies, and his ineptitude at given moments. These weaknesses worked to his benefit, because he walked in humility. Our challenge today is believing our own press releases and biographical summations. As you know, no weaknesses ever appear in a biographical sketch. When we are aware of our weaknesses we are far more desperate for God’s help. Like Paul, the one area we can’t be weak in is in the protection of other relationships—be they family or friends—who are new to the faith and easily susceptible to phony leaders. Here is the crucible … Can we be like Paul, who was far more inclined to boast of his weaknesses? If we can lay our press releases aside and boast of our weakness … we will win in the end! I guess you could call us … “Weak Boasters.”
I thank You today that by this time in my life I’ve learned to boast about the things You helped me overcome, which overwhelm in number any accomplishments I have ever experienced. Amen