When we get down to our last penny, we are weak. When we are sick to the point of not being able to stand up, we are weak. When we make ourselves servants, we are humbling ourselves into a weak position. We are weakest when we are down to our last and only choice.
God said that he was going to confuse this world. He said that he was going to turn it upside down, and with Jesus, he did. The world allows the powerful, the rich and the strong to rule as kings. If God was to follow earthly procedure, he would have let Jesus come down on his thrown and force humans to accept him for who he truly is, but he didn’t. He used weakness to overthrow this world. The Father God allowed his Son–the most powerful being in heaven–to become a servant to humans. Jesus went from king to peasant over night. He went from having the power to destroy the earth with only one word to being destroyed by the earth with one cross, but that’s how he won, that’s how he defeated every authority of this world. He showed everybody who’s boss by becoming the employee. He won because he chose to let himself become weak so that the Father could become strong in him.
This world is not what it seems. If weakness can overthrow the powerful, then who is truly in charge? Who has the authority? God has it, and that means that by human standards, God is weak. But by God’s standards, weakness is strength. Take a look at the qualities of Jesus Christ. Mercy, forgiveness, patience, generosity and love. Yes, those qualities come from a position of weakness. We may say that we are merciful, but if we take back what is stolen from us, then we are not displaying weakness. We may say that we are generous, but if we expect something in return for our giving, then we are not operating from a position of weakness.
When we are on our last leg, we are weak, but that’s where God needs us to be. Our dominance gets in the way, because, on this earth, God opposes the proud. God does not want to use dominance to prove that he is all powerful. If we allow God to put us in a position where we–our choices–will not get in the way, then he can do miracles in our lives and the lives of those around us. If we have given ourselves to God and have allowed him to break us down into what he wants, we will see our prayers change the world. We will watch global forces change at the utterance of our breath. We will see our prayers destroy evil in ways that this earth has never seen before. And remember that God is generous. We are not on our last leg because he is selfish. We are there because he makes the weak strong. He heals the sick. He shapes the poor. With Jesus, we need to get ready, get set, and expect to win in ways that we could never understand–on this earth and in heaven.
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. (Hebrews 11:32-34)