I love strength.

All of us have some sort of a fascination towards strength and excellence.  I love success. All of us have a desire for greatness and prosperity. I love quality.  No matter who we are or what we believe, good standards are highly valued.

There are set competitions and formal tests on who are the strongest, the fastest, the smartest, the most enduring and much more. We love to compete and determine who is elite. And it’s done in myriads of forms. Our dollar bills or whatever currency you use goes into it as well. The pursuit of strength is intense in our age. What about success? We love to tell and hear about stories that ended great. Successful people are favored and highly honored. Our generation is also obsessed with quality. We look at tags and ingredients to see if it is befitting.

I hate weakness.

The feeling of failure and shame pierces our depths when we’re found inadequate and frail. Which ironically generates skills in running away and hiding from the matter, if weakness is dealt incorrect. Like the beast hides from the beauty so do humans flee from fragility. Thus accordingly to our strengths and skill sets, do we abide and live constrained in our pseudo-measured world (or a dark castle for the beast). We don’t explore and are rather comfortable within the man-made borders of our persona. Oh friends, I’m burning with a desire that we’ll deal with our B-sides truthfully. Ergo, lets find what our humble king values.

We oft say that God’s kingdom is an upside-down kingdom. Meaning its ideas and values tend to be opposite of what mankind esteem. His perspectives and policies are beyond absurd. Our tender yet terrific Savior actually delights in our weaknesses (I do also believe he treasures our strengths and achievements). Jesus is jumping up and down, spinning around and around, with much joy over our feeble and lowly state. We all know that he tends to choose the weakest and most humble persons. His team consists of imperfect and broken players. His all-star squad is found very different from most.

My purpose for this weak word is that we will find and embrace our frailties, so we can actually fall in love with them.

But wait, why? Oh, it’s very simple. Jesus in his zeal and great might desires to use you in your weakness. He wants to glory in them! He’s actually very jealous over you and longs to be your strength. He wants to be our confidence. He longs to work in excellence through us. (I also believe he uses your natural skill sets and uses you in your strength). Strength and success without God is called humanism though. Where man is in the center and God is rejected. Not walking out our weaknesses with trust in Jesus robs Him for glory. The apostle Paul said this: “… My Grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul was therefore very happy to boast about his weaknesses. Which is my hope we’ll joyfully do more so.

My purpose for this weak word is that we will find and embrace our frailties, so we can actually fall in love with them. To thus be filled with power and faith from the Holy Spirit to produce great results and success. Find your weakness, let Jesus work and voila you get strong and successful. As we see in Walt Disney’s story of “The Beauty and The Beast”. After the beast has been exposed in his hiding and guardedness. The beast makes a choice to open up and we then see how he falls in love with precious and delicate Bell. Not only that but he transforms into a prince and his world extends and becomes brighter. As mentioned Jesus desires to do likewise with us by His spirit. To make you walk out your destiny in all greatness and success. Allow Him to do so and glory in the fullness of who you are!

For even if the fig tree doesn’t blossom, and no fruit is on the vines, even if the olive tree fails to produce, and the fields yield no food at all, even if the sheep vanish from the sheep pen, and there are no cows in the stalls; still I will rejoice in the Lord, I will take joy in the God of my salvation, GOD the Lord is my strength! He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stride over my high places.” Habakkuk 3:17-19

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Juan – Erik Gabrielsen
is passionate for the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ in the nations of our world. He’s provoked to go and be a voice by the love and approval of God. Juan-Erik is from Norway, but currently serves as a missionary for Youth With a Mission in America.