“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I think of a young shepherd boy who stood before a loud-mouthed giant. He likely weighed little more than the giant’s coat of armor. His weakness was exemplified by the enemy’s unnatural size as he screamed his challenge across the valley. “Look at you, you pesky kid. I will overcome you, and you will all be my servants.” And the shepherd boy denied his weakness saying, “You must not be looking at me from the right angle.” Wrong! He ran back to camp and covered himself with the king’s armor. Wrong again. There was no denying his weakness in the face of this giant, so he used his frailty as a testimony to the greatness of God. “This day the Lord will hand you over to me…and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.”

How many times as we witness, do we try to deny or hide our weaknesses? It’s no wonder that many unbelievers perceive us as people with no problems, no mistakes, no challenges. And I can’t help wondering, what if we were more transparent about our weaknesses? What if we let our ineptness be a witness to the greatness and mercy of our God? What if our sinfulness and helplessness announced to our communities, “This day the whole world will know that there is a God”?

Maybe the mom who isn’t always a good example, is sometimes lazy in discipline, and too often lets society decide what is beneficial to her kids could put aside the supermom front and admit that it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that her children still sing, “God loves me dearly.” Maybe the woman who tortured her body with an eating disorder could tell how the Lord lifted her out of that pit and confidently state, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” Maybe my financial challenges are a witness that the Lord richly and daily provides all I need. Maybe the leader of the women’s Bible study who gets flustered when challenged actually stands there as a striking picture of weakness so that the focus can be on the Word of God. Maybe my son’s disability is my opportunity to live the promise, “…in all things God works for my good.” Maybe the things I wish no one could see about me are really a chance to cry, “This day the whole world will know that there is a God.”

And I want the whole world, not just my corner of it, to know there is One True God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Join me in showing all those people their weaknesses and who has rescued them from the dead-end of relying on earthly strength. Pray that God’s Word may empower millions to rely on Christ’s power alone. Pray that missions, at home and abroad, may flourish, as we Christians share our weaknesses and our Source of spiritual strength.

Some day I will stand before the evil giant who will threaten me with the javelin of all my selfish ambition. He will point the spear of my laziness at me and display the shield of my cynical thoughts. And he will scream in my face, “If I overcome you, you will be my slave!” At that moment I will look into the eyes of my Savior and see the greatness of his victory for me and respond, “Today all the world will know that there is a God.” Until that day, may he give me grace to let my weaknesses be a witness to his great power.”