How does this fit into the bigger picture? What might this mean for my life?
In today’s society, who is generally considered strong? What kinds of people come to mind? Football players who can bulldoze through bodies like they're nothing? Outspoken and aggressive people who take charge of groups and meetings?
There is a mindset in this world that if you don't assert yourself, you will be overlooked or forgotten. We're taught to learn to fend for ourselves, and to be self-sufficient. It's "survival of the fittest."
That's why Jesus Christ had such a revolutionary message -- that the weak of society were actually strong. He chose some of the least regarded people of society -- fishermen and tax collectors -- as his trusted leaders.
Why? Jesus knew that "weaker" people are often more humble and grateful, because they have less and understand the value of what they have. In contrast, "stronger" people are more likely to be entitled and greedy to acquire more. The "strong" can be reluctant to admit weakness or ask for help, but the "weak" have the inner security and strength to admit they need other people.
When in your life have you found that you needed more and more, in order to be happy? When have you felt content and at peace with what you had?
When in your life have you tried to do everything yourself, and when have you asked for help and support?
Some Christians try to put on a show of strength, like they're the nicest people on earth and live a perfect life. But these are the same kind of people that Jesus Christ called hypocrites, compared to people who have done bad things, but have the humility to admit they need help.
Jesus taught that true strength is when we realize that we need something greater than ourselves to guide our lives. That's the idea of Christianity: to be truly "strong" enough to admit our need for God, and as we do, He will give us strength beyond anything we have ever experienced or imagined.
"Jesus said, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' "
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous,and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.