Most of all, our weaknesses increase
our capacity for smpathy and ministry. We are far more likely to be
compassionate and considerate of the weaknesses of others. God wants
you to have a Christlike ministry on earth. That means other people
are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages
and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.
The things your most embarrassed about, most ashamed of, and most reluctant
to share are the very tools God can use most powerfully to heal others.
The great missionary Hudson Taylor said,
"All God's giants were weak people." Moses' weakness was his
temper. It caused him to murder an Eqyptian, strike the rock he was
supposed to speak to, and break the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
Yet God transformed Moses into "the humblest man on earth."
Gideon's weakness was low self esteem
and deep insecurities, but God transformed him into a "mighty
man of valor." Abraham's weakness was fear. Not once, but twice,
he claimed his wife was his sister to protect him. But God transformed
Abraham into the "father of those who have faith." Impulsive,
weak willed Peter, became "a rock," the adulterer
David became "a man after my own heart", and John, one
of the arrogant "Sons of Thunder," became the "Apostle