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.
2 Corinthians 12:10
There is a cost to serving Christ, a price to pay that takes a toll on believers. Hardships come in the life of the good soldier of Jesus Christ. As the holy kingdom advances against a dark, sinful world, there will be battles, wounds, and pain. But Jesus will strengthen us in them so that they are bearable.
Paul looked back at all his battle scars and willfully said he would take more of them because Christ accomplished so much in the weakness of those wounds. Christ was seen in great power in Paul's own weakness. The gospel message rang out even as insults were uttered against the messenger. The church of Jesus Christ gave hope despite hardships, offered real peace amidst persecution, and experienced calm in calamity. Christ's power fills our most difficult moments as we let Him lead us and use us despite our weaknesses.
Fill the weakness of my wounds with Your power. It is hard, and not easy, to trust Jesus Christ for salvation, living as His disciple, and proclaiming Him in this world. But Your strength that is made perfect in weakness will exceed any hardship that I experience! Praise the Lord! Amen