In one of our family therapy sessions with Chandler, the therapist came up with the perfect picture for each one of us. She had me isolated and alone in a corner, Chandler standing up on a desk calmly telling everybody the way it is, and Marti jumping up and down on the couch waving her arms and trying to get everyone’s attention. It was so humorously and painfully true.
The picture was a huge breakthrough especially for me, because it made me get out of my corner and interact. It made me jump into the conversation even though I didn’t really know what to say or do. In my book, that was when Christ began to be seen in our family in some new ways. We saw and embraced our weaknesses and through our vulnerability, Christ showed up, giving us the love and acceptance we so desperately needed.
Herein lies the secret to the indwelling life of Christ in the life of the believer that we have been talking about. Christ is not seen in our natural human strengths, but in our weaknesses, brokenness and failures. It’s when we are the most vulnerable that Christ’s presence becomes most visible.
Think about it: If we’ve got our “Jesus-act” down pat, who’s going to ever see Jesus? It’s the holes in our lives that reveal the life of Christ. Our strengths are merely that — our strengths. Big deal. His strength is the big deal, and His strength is seen in and through our weakness. It’s the way it works.
Self improvement? Self help? Self awareness? Self-esteem? I suppose any of these are good as far as they go, but that isn’t very far, because when you get there, you are still there with yourself and the best that you can do. Why settle for your strength when you can have His?
Want to know His strength? Then quit trusting in yours. Your weakness is the pathway to His strength.