This is a phrase that although is true, I believe is often used out of context, in this post I will attempt to explain why. It also goes hand in hand with phrases like, “We need to wait for God to get involved because we can’t do it.” Possibly true, but a bit inaccurate.
The reason why I say that this is not entirely accurate is because the Bible says that when we believe in Jesus and accept His gift, we are a new being. It says that we are born again as a new creation, an heir to the throne. We are then adopted into God’s family. Brothers and sisters with Christ. Does that not give us power and authority? Are we still weak and pathetic, or have things changed?
You see there are generally two camps where this is involved. You get one side who always claim to be weak, yet God is so strong and we need Him to do everything. The other side implies that we do not need God because we are strong and we determine our future, but I don’t think either are true. I believe that since accepting Jesus, I have the Holy Spirit, which means that I have authority in Jesus to do certain things. Remember that Jesus left us to spread the gospel, make disciples, heal the sick and cast out demons etc. He was here showing us how to do it, and now He has left us here to get on with it and left The Holy Spirit to empower us.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know where the power comes from so I always acknowledge that it comes from God. I don’t think for a second that I can do it on my own. However seeing as God is now part of me, and I part of Him, telling people that I (a new creation in Christ) am weak, is suggesting that God (in me) is weak too. That is just not true. I know people who say this don’t mean that God is weak, but they do need to be careful as that is the conclusion that people may come to. Besides, the bible says that WE can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. WE can do all things, He supplies the power, we do the action. To say that we are weak and He is strong may be true, but He is in us which makes us (the combination or new creation) strong too.
The only reason why I am saying this is because I don’t want us to sell ourselves short. Especially when we are in Christ, we can’t sell ourselves short. So many times I have heard the title phrase being used as an excuse not to do what God has called us to do because we are ‘waiting for God to do it for us’. God has given us a job to do, and we need Him to do it, but He wants us to be involved. He has given us the responsibility and authority here on earth to do what we need to do, and He will provide the power as and when we need it. And with God backing us, we are anything but weak, we are strong! Strong in Christ!
I pray that we realise who we are in Him, and that we step out boldly in His power and authority in order to accomplish what He has set aside for us to do!