When the apostle Paul begged God to heal him from whatever it was in his life that caused him trouble–something he believed to be a weakness–he shares (in 2 Corinthians 12:9) God’s reply: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Paul went on to say, “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
It is in our weakness that God’s power is made evident. But admitting weakness requires vulnerability and vulnerability requires humility–two commitments society doesn’t value very much. For those who have confessed loyalty to the Christ of Christmas, we know the power of vulnerability. We know that God came to us by the way of weakness in the Christ-child. We know that humility is what makes liberation and transformation possible.
Vulnerability and humility make God’s power possible in our lives.
So I can accept that I am not the end-all be-all. I can recognize that I have far less control than I think. I can recognize that my way of life isn’t always God’s priority. I can realize that I, a White male born in the USA, was born on third base and for too long believed I hit a triple. I can realize that my defensiveness to that statement is a sign that I am grieving a sense of entitlement I have long enjoyed, and times are finally and justly changing. I can remember that humility is the doorway to liberation, for myself and others.
I can remember that God is at work and keeps his promises, because the Advent of the Christ happened just as God promised.