But He said to me, My grace (My favour and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you…; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
– 2 Corinthians 12:9, AMPC
You may not know this, but grace flows best in your areas of weakness. Because Jesus works best where there is weakness.
Grace is the unearned, undeserved, and unmerited favour of God. And that’s exactly what Jesus is.
There was no way we could ever deserve or merit any help or even a visit from the Son of God, but He came anyway, without being asked.
And He didn’t just come – He did everything we could never do for us. He took our sins, died and rose again so we could be qualified for every blessing of God.
Jesus is grace in person. When Jesus walked on earth, He never gravitated to the high and mighty or the rich and powerful. In fact, the gospel accounts show that He was often uncomfortable in the company of religious leaders and the proud.
But He was always attracted to the weak, the lost, the broken, and the disqualified.
Jesus could always be found amongst the lepers, the sick, the blind and the maimed, healing all who came to Him. He hung out with the prostitutes and tax collectors (who were a bit like the mafia and also country traitors). He naturally sought out those who had nothing to offer Him.
Because, after all, that’s why He came.
He came to heal every sickness. To restore all losses. To supply every lack. He came to fill our every need and provide what we can’t in our every weakness.
He’s the Saviour. That’s what He does.
In all of Jesus’s miracles, whether of healing, provision, or restoration, none of those who received could offer Jesus anything, nor did they attempt to.
They simply had a weakness – whether in their body, in their situation, or even in their character. Jesus simply came in and poured forth His grace into that weakness – and it was weak no more.
The blind saw and the lame walked. The sick and demon-possessed got healed and delivered. Those who mourned for their dead rejoiced at their resurrection.
Those who were lacking in faith, like Peter, became full of faith and anointed leaders. The ones who had character flaws. like stingy and cheating Zacchaeus, became generous and full of integrity effortlessly. And those with bad pasts got a brand new life.
God’s grace – His unmerited favour, strength and power – flows best and most effectively in weakness.
In fact, to flip it around, His grace can’t flow where there is still strength of our own.
If you notice, Jesus didn’t really work any miracles among the religious leaders and those still strong in themselves, or those who didn’t come to Him.
It didn’t mean they had no needs. It was just that His saving grace and power couldn’t touch and flow through them.
The apostle Paul clearly had a revelation of this secret. Therefore he wrote that he would “all the more gladly glory in (his) weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ might rest and dwell upon (him)”.
A secret to constantly living in grace – and seeing the victory of His grace work in your life – is to be open and unafraid regarding your areas of weakness.
Many of us invariably tend to miss this, because it goes against our natural grain to glory or even be open about any weakness we have. We all want to post our nicest photos and show our best side to people. That’s the way the world works.
But God never works the way the world does.
When we don’t shy away from our weakness, we are essentially setting aside our pride. It’s not about having a pity party, but looking beyond and expectantly to Him who loves us. For God gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud.
Your weakness could be a lack of faith or revelation of what God is saying in His Word. It could be a health condition or a challenging situation. Or it could be a temper problem, a bad habit, or consequences of mistakes you made in the past.
When we are honest and bring it to Him, we’re saying, “Lord, this is what I have (specific weakness) and I can’t do anything about it.” We can be open with others too, because if the Greatest One in the universe knows about it and still loves us, what’s there to hide?
And He will show you that when you can’t, He can. Because His grace flows best in weakness.
Don’t be afraid of your weakness, whatever it may be.
Share it, with Him, and with others, knowing that His strength and power is resting upon that area of weakness to perfect it.
Because when you encounter Jesus, you encounter grace.