“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9: 22
What does it mean to be weak? The weakness Paul is referring to is more than just a physical weakness – but a moral and emotional weakness. Here Paul is talking about our struggles and our vulnerability.
The very worst thing Christians can do is to appear as though they’ve got it all together. Even the strongest Christian has weaknesses and struggles. Maybe it’s a moral struggle with lust or pornography; maybe it’s an emotional struggle overwhelmed by fear, anxiety or depression. If we’re honest, we all struggle in one way or another.
Paul is saying that by acknowledging our weaknesses, we can point to God as the source of our strength. This vulnerability removes any judgement someone might feel due to their own struggles. Instead, you are meeting them where they are, as an equal – even if your particular areas of weakness differ. It’s in those moments of honest, real, vulnerability that provide opportunities to share how God’s strength got us through.
We all struggle; the only difference is that a follower of Jesus can cling to God’s supernatural strength when he or she does. It’s a gift that comes with giving our hearts and lives to Jesus. So when it comes to your weaknesses, will you be vulnerable enough to admit your struggles? Because it’s in our weakness that God’s strength shines.
THAT is the message we want to share with those who are struggling: It’s not about me, but what God does though me.