Yesterday while worshiping, I suddenly thought of all my current weaknesses and immediately I saw a leaky pot. I thought, “I am a leaky vessel.” Then oddly I felt the Father’s delight pour over me and I knew He liked that about me. He showed me that because of my openness in my weakness, He can more easily pour out of me and into others. Then I remembered the following verses.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. That’s why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Isn’t it true that none of us is perfect, and those who pretend to be, end up separating themselves from others because nobody wants to be around a “perfect” person for long. Since we all know that none of us is above reproach, most of us have little appetite for a person who presents themselves as an authority on every single thing.
What we do find attractive though, is a person who is willing to share in their weakness. A person who doesn’t pridefully boast of how “together” they are, but instead is just honest.
Be honest with yourself today. Are you a leaky pot too?
How do you present yourself to the world? Do you pretend to be more than you are to cover your insecurities? Do you present yourself as a victim, even though deep down you know you aren’t and are simply using that as a tool to control others and gain their affections?
Let’s start off this week with some real honesty. It’s always worth it to assess yourself from time to time.
I am a leaky pot. I am strong only because He is inside of me. He placed a steadfast spirit within me. I imagine He has done the same thing for you.
Today, as you head out into the world, be real about who you are and what you are like. Keep it simple, just like we mentioned last week. What can boasting and pretention gain for you anyway? Just be who you are and how you were made.
“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left. Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.” Joshua 23:6-8