Magnify Your Weaknesses

September 8, 2011

Today I am asking that we all step away from the mirage of being perfect. We are not Martha Stewart. We are not Beth Moore. We are not Christy Nockels. You are you. Exactly who God wanted you to be. Not perfect. Full of scrapes, dents and scars. Full of mistakes and dreams. Only you can live the life that was meant to be lived through you. Why are women so set on being somebody they aren’t? Why are we not content with the gifts and talents that have so graciously been given us?

My dear sisters in Christ, stop it. Stop making it look like being a follower of Christ means having your hair a certain way and wearing these particular clothes and carrying this kind of handbag. A new believer is going to look at you and see a hill that can not be climbed. Or, heaven forbid, they may be fooled into believing that the way they look or how they keep their house will draw them closer to Christ. Humble yourselves! Show them how we are all broken.

On my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
{2 Corinthians 12:5-10 ESV}

There is only One who is perfect and He alone deserves all of the glory. We are not Christ. We are the Paul’s and David’s. The liars, the thieves, the murderers, the stutterers. He is made greater when He uses us, the weak but willing. Let’s boast in our weaknesses, Sisters. Let’s put these broken jars of clay on display for all to see. Allow Him to use your brokenness to bring others to Him.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
{2 Corinthians 4:7-10 ESV}

I know this was harsh my dear Sisters. I do love you all. So take the mask off and let everyone see the true you. You are beyond beautiful. Just the way He made you.

{I want to add that the above jar is now sitting permanently on my desk as a reminder that my children, my family, my friends are all jars of clay as well. I need to be reminded daily that He alone can provide me with the grace needed to extend to others.}



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