Free to be Weak {#31 Days} {Quotable}

“God has chosen the foolish of the world to shame the so-called wise; God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God has chosen what is low and despised, people who are nobodies, in order to reduce to ‘nobodies’ those who are ‘somebody,’ so that no one might boast in the presence of God.” ~I Cor. 1:27-29

Vanier says this about these words from the Apostle Paul:

That does not mean that those who are strong, clever, or well-adapted to society are not precious and chosen by God! However, they must discover–and maybe the weak and the “foolish” can help them to do this–how weakness can draw us to God. Frequently it is only when those who are powerful experience failure, sickness, weakness or loneliness that they discover they are not self-sufficient and all-powerful, and that they need God and others. Out of their weakness and poverty they can then cry out to God and discover God in a new way as the God of love and tenderness, full of compassion and goodness. {J. Vanier, Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John}

In weakness, we are released from the demands of our own strength. We become free to see God and ourselves rightly–like the blind man in the Gospel of John (Ch. 9). There is a beauty in weakness that only those who are willing to look to Jesus can discover. Give yourself permission to be weak. Leave behind the stifling captivity of power, control, and ‘being strong.’ The gospel of Jesus invites you to weakness. It invites you to be free.

Wherever you feel weak today, remember: “Jesus is the God of love and tenderness, full of compassion and goodness.” Cry out to him.

Be free indeed.

This month I’m participating with The Nester in her 31 Days challenge to write every day on a topic of choice. I’m writing this month on how Jesus make us free.

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