What does it mean to be content in weakness? To not boast for anything more than what the Lord has provided? We are all fools to believe that material blessings on this earth are the only true blessings of the Lord. Our hearts should be steadfast in the Lord, not caught on His blessings, but caught in the Lord Himself.
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:17-18
In my own life I’ve forgotten about what it meant to be a servant, and what it meant to be a follower dependent on Him. It’s true that the things of this world are distractions to us all. How many hours a day do you spend glued to the TV or computer? How many hours does Facebook take up in your day? Personally, I’ve spent far too much time tied to a computer, my phone, Facebook, so many other social means, and the list goes on. However, when I find myself caught in the Lord the anger and frustration that I have evaporates because my focus is on Him.
Our frustration rises when we feel inadequate for the tasks set before us. When we try to take His blessings and do the job ourselves we find there is a drastic disconnect between us. God is sufficient and we are insufficient. That frustration rises again as we realize this and become discouraged or burned out in our ministries. However, it is through that insufficient part of ourselves that we need to learn to draw closer to God to become stronger.
In Corinthians, Paul talks about his own sufficiency in Christ is through his insufficiency. Our weakness is the piece that makes us strong in the Lord. Our weakness allows us to see and know that cannot do anything alone.
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 2 Corinthians 11:30-31
On behalf of this man I will boast, but 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
My insufficiency does not disqualify me for service or a relationship with God it makes me eligible for it. Ask for help and it will be given.