2 Corinthians 11:30 – If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show my weakness.
Lord Jesus, this is not the way it normally goes. Normally, if I’m going to puff out my chest and strut like a rooster it’s because I’ve done something great. Normally, it’s because I’ve achieve something remarkable. Normally, it’s because I’m strong in some way. This is not the way it normally goes, but I think I understand why Paul says this. He says it first for the sake of his own salvation and then for the sake of the Corinthians. If Paul boast in his own weakness, then he must realize that you are his only hope. And if Paul brags about his weakness, then his people must realize that you, Lord, are their only hope as well. Lord God, highlight in my own eyes and in the eyes of the people in my life the weaknesses. Highlight my sins for me and others, that I might find joy and peace in your forgiveness. Highlight my frailties and imperfections, that I might lean on you for strength for when I am weak, then I am strong. Highlight where I am lacking skill or gifts, that I might learn to rejoice in the body of Christ and lean on her to do what I am not skilled or gifted to do. Highlight my weaknesses and teach me to boast in it so that all whom I meet will know that our only hope – both mine and theirs – is you alone. Then, my weakness is truly something to boast about. Then, my weakness becomes strength as all people, including myself, put our trust in you. I am weak Lord. Be the salvation for me and for all who sees my weaknesses. Amen.