The Wisdom of Boasting in Your Weakness

Rick Thomas | 2/4/2019 | Rick Thomas
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The counterintuitive irony of the gospel is that God calls us to a place of weakness so He can perfect His strength in us. This perspective sounds good conceptually, but it hard to live out when you’d like to give someone a piece of your mind.

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Biff and Bud are next door neighbors. Biff is a Christian. Bud is not. Bud enjoys mocking Biff because of his Christianity. For the most part, Biff can ignore Bud, or at least that is what Biff wants his friends to believe.

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The real truth is that Biff is bitter and angry toward Bud because of all the ridicule he has received from Bud through the years. But he has learned how to hide his real thoughts about Bud while masquerading as though Bud could never get to him. Biff’s response has always been, “He doesn’t know the Lord; let’s pray for him.”

Everything was fine until three weeks ago when Bud borrowed Biff’s weedwhacker. Biff felt a bit smug in that Bud had a need and he was coming to him for help. Biff “graciously” loaned his weedwhacker to Bud. Later that day Bud brought the weedwhacker back to Biff’s garage but didn’t bother to tell Biff that he had broken the shaft and that nobody could repair it.

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After the church meeting on Sunday, as Biff was parking the van in the garage, he noticed that something didn’t seem right about his weedwhacker. Upon closer examination, he saw the broken shaft. Though Biff never let on to anyone what he was thinking at that moment, he felt that he had the perfect opportunity to “let Bud have it.” And he did.

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