Admitting weakness leaves us vulnerable and uncomfortable—a place we generally don’t like to be.
In 1984, there was a popular phrase from the Dry Idea deodorant commercials: “Never let them see you sweat.” The message was that we should never let our nerves, insecurities, or weaknesses show. We should always act strong and in control, even if we don’t feel it.
I was reminded of this commercial as I read Paul’s words to the Corinthians. He advises that we show our weaknesses—the opposite of what society says.
While it might not be advisable with everyone we meet, confessing our weakness to God is the best thing we can do. Being vulnerable with Him is a safe place to be. In that helpless, defenseless open place, we let our guard down and accept His help.
“Never let them see you sweat” thinking keeps us dependent on our own limited strength, but admitting weakness allows us to look past ourselves. When we get out of our own way, then we can better see God’s strength. And His strength has no limits.
Relying on my own strength and trying not to show weakness keeps me self-focused and pulls me away from God, but admitting where I am weak draws me closer to Him. When I’m closest to Him, I can draw from His unlimited strength.
Pause and examine who you’re listening to: society or Paul. God’s strength is limitless. He offers it to us, but we can’t draw from it without admitting our weakness.
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