God Will Use the Weakest of Christians
Our spiritual walk is very personal. We know where we stand with Christ and we know where we struggle with our beliefs and relationship with Him. But, what if we took a moment to review the spiritual walk of the church as a whole. There are Christians who have a very strong faith and relationship with Christ while there are others who may be weaker, but are learning about Him and His ways every day. We all certainly fit somewhere along this spectrum, and our positioning probably slides up and down the scale depending on the experiences we’re currently facing in life. When we’re feeling weak in faith, we’re often reminded that in our weakness, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 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 is 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.
What if we look at this scripture as if it were speaking about the Body of Christ rather than one individual’s personal spiritual journey? We would see that the people along the spectrum with little knowledge of the Bible, those who are struggling in faith or those who feel small or feeble in comparison to others may be made strong because of their weakness. According to this scripture, those who think their knowledge of the Bible or their faith in Jesus is weak may actually be the most influential people in the kingdom of God. Where their weakness lies, God’s strength can prevail.
Teenagers often feel overlooked or ignored when it comes to the impact they make in the kingdom, but according to the scripture, your heart for Christ may be a greater impact than the most studied theologian, popular pastor or eloquent Christian speaker. The Bible offers several examples of teens who changed the coarse of History, the most popular two are King David and Mary the mother of Jesus. David was a teenager when he slay Goliath. Mary was a teenager when she carried our Messiah in her womb. Yes, God uses teens to turn the world upside down for His glory! A teen’s testimony or conviction to follow the Lord may speak more powerfully to a nonbeliever than the thickest book, most polished sermon or articulate speech.
As you speak more about what God is doing in your life and how He is making you strong, your relationship with Him will grow. To grow your knowledge in God, spend time in prayer – the more you pray to the Lord, the more opportunity He has to answer your prayer and the more likely you’ll be able to recognize that answer. As your relationship grows, you’ll more clearly hear Him reveal things to you through conversations, sermons, reading scripture or other Christian books, journaling, etc. The more you invest in these practices, the more you’ll be able to sense and understand His strength during your weakness.
Regardless of where your relationship is with Christ, know that He is using you to impact His kingdom. Through you, He is bringing people closer to Him. You’re revealing a truly compassionate and loving God to the world around you. So, share your story, tell your testimony, believe that God is teaching you something and divulge that to others.
Adults tend to label teenagers as the future generation of the church. But, you are just as much a part of the church NOW as you will be tomorrow, next week, next year or several years from now. Your impact is as essential now as it will be in the future. Yes, you are the future of the church, but you are also the current church. So, don’t hide behind your weakness, instead speak about what you do know in words that make sense to you. Then, trust that God will use your weakness for His glory. Even though the world says you’re unimportant and insignificant, God sees you otherwise and He has already made Himself strong through you.
You may never know how the Lord has used you to impact the life of another. But, if you have had an influence on someone because of your willingness to let God’s power work through you, we’d love to hear the story. Share with us via email or social media message on Facebook of Twitter. We can’t wait to lift you up in prayer, praising God for the work He’s doing through you.