Confidence in Our Weakness
- Jesus doesn’t call the great, he calls the ordinary (v.12–16)
- And not based on their qualifications, but on his calling (v.12–19)
- It’s not our ability that makes us useful to him but instead our dependency (v.17–19)
- Do you fear that your weaknesses are too great and that the get in the way of being best used by God?
- In what ways does current church culture in America give special attention to the “great”?
- How could an emphasis on “the greatest of these” in the church steal glory from God?
- Have you ever felt disqualified to serve God?
- How does this self-disqualification run in contradiction to God calling all of us to serve him (Romans 12, Eph. 4, 1 Cor. 12)?
- How could self-confidence keep us away from being dependent on God?
- If your prayer life was a measurement of your reliance on God, would you say you were more God-dependent or more self-sufficient?
- Explain to someone how your weakness could actually be an asset to God?
- How might a tendency to boast in our weakness affect our witness to not-yet- Christians?