“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Self-disclosure is a form of communication through which one person reveals himself or herself to another. Our God is a self-disclosing God. He reveals Himself in nature (Romans 1: 20), through nations (Ezekiel 38:14-23), and in His Word (Isaiah 46:9). He has given a perfect revelation of Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. As Hebrews 1:3 says, Jesus is “… the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3). Recently, I was thinking about how God reveals Himself uniquely through Christians.
It is amazing that our great God is so humble as to condescend to reveal Himself through us. But, what really blows my mind is that the Lord, the God of glory, reveals Himself in and through the likes of me. He has done this by forgiving my sin and reconciling me to Himself through Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:21-22), by revealing His divine wisdom despite my intrinsic folly (1 Corinthians 1:18-22, 2:4-16), and by manifesting His divine power in my many weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9). When I think about the wonder of our Lord revealing Himself through me I just want to fall down to worship Him and exclaim, “Truly, God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
And, yet, there is a place for my boasting in God’s self-disclosure through me. I can boast in God’s grace to me in Christ, who has become for me “…wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:31). I can boast in the cross “…by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14). And, of course, “I will boast of the things that show my weakness” (2 Corinthians 11:30). Actually, I will boast in my weaknesses all the more gladly (2 Corinthians 12:9), for it is through my particular weaknesses that God reveals Himself uniquely powerful through me. At least, this is one of the take-aways that I gather from Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 where he shares that the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” And he thus concludes, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”