When it comes to how each of us have been designed by God, normally we think of both our strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes we either elevate our strengths and minimize our weaknesses as the world does, or we emphasize our weaknesses and minimize our strengths in order to be more “humble” in other people’s eyes. In the real world, we need to show both our strengths and weaknesses to others because of how God has designed us. He created us so we had to work with others, just like when a man and woman marry to create a family.
Because two things happen when we show our strengths and weaknesses. But first, let’s take a look at what the Bible says about strength and weakness.
2 Cor 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.
First, your weaknesses do not mean you’re worthless.
Does a pen or pencil have inherent worth? Of course they both do. But just as a pen or pencil has inherent worth, both of them require paper to write on, i.e. we need two or more (pen/pencil and paper) to accomplish a task. This means each of us needs both God AND others to accomplish His goals for our lives. While going alone can or may be done, most projects require two or more people to accomplish it.
Rom 12:4-5 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Variety of talents and strenths in the Body of Christ
One of the simplest illustrations of our strengths is someone that has a singing voice and musical talent. They were born with it, no one on earth gave it to them. God created it in them, so He has given each of us talents that are innate, He designed those talents into each of our being that few others have.
When you became a Christian, did God take away your talents? No! God does not take away things that He had given you.
In fact, He actually gave you MORE. He gave you a spiritual gift in addition to your natural talents (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11, and 1 Peter 4:11). That is another grace gift from God!
But just as you have a natural singing voice and musical talent, you need others to help use your talents for God’s purpose. People like songwriters, other musicians, technicians, marketers, etc.
Unity in Christ
While you or I might have various numbers of talents, we need to feed our egos less and our souls more and know that we need others to make things happen for God.
Be confident in the talents and gifts God has given you, that is your strength, but humble enough to know that you need Him and others to accomplish what He has designed us all to do. The weakness is knowing that you don’t have all of the talents, time, or effort to accomplish all that God wants us to do.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Notice is says “we” are His workmanship, that’s two or more together.
Serve someone with your God-given talents and strengths
It’s not about what we can “get” with our talents, although we all need to earn a living and prosper, but our talent purpose is given: someone out in the market place needs our talents and skills in their weakness. They have a weakness in which our of strengths where we are called to serve, they need our to help accomplish His goals.
In the end, you are worthy, not worthless, but you enhance your worthiness by applying your talents where they are needed and working in the unity of Christ with others doing good for God.
Go. Do good. But do it with others.