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Losing Control

Growing up, my perspective of Christians was that they were either pushovers or intolerant, old and angry men shaking their fists and yelling about things.

If we are truly being led by Christ, it is not right to adopt either of these mentalities as an absolute. That is what Paul is getting at in these verses to the Corinthians. Verse 4 says, “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.”

The weakness and the power referred to here go hand-in-hand. Part of the power we receive from our faith in Jesus is the capability to make ourselves weak. In faith, we have confidence that God is in control and we don’t have to tire ourselves out trying to make things work purely on our own energy.

Being able to take a position of weakness and giving up control is a power that many people never experience, because the human nature has us trying to satisfy ourselves. When we fight against that and humble ourselves in the name of Jesus, not only do we find satisfaction in Him, but we show the world who Christ is, that he chose weakness and crucifixion in order to give us power to defeat death.


  • What is the hardest thing for you about humbling yourself in a situation where you would prefer taking control?
  • What area of your life right now is in the most need of you giving God control?

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