It might seem natural to equate spiritual health with an absence of weakness and vulnerability. Maybe it’s exactly the opposite. Sometimes power and strength are found where we least expect them. Could it be that running from weakness is actually a weakness? We become spiritually healthy when we see the value of humility, weakness, and vulnerability—all-powerful responses when combined with trust in God. When it comes to strength, God’s ways can seem upside down.

Discussion Questions

How would most people describe strength? What does it mean for you to be strong?

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 is one of the most remarkable passages in the New Testament. What is Paul’s view of weakness in his life? How is this perspective upside-down from how many people view strength and power?

What is vulnerability? How might vulnerability be a good trait? What is the relationship between shame and joy and vulnerability?

Peter Scazzero says, “It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” What does that mean and how might that apply to your life?

Read Psalm 9:1 and 103:1. Why is it important not to hold back from God what’s inside of you? How is Psalm 77:3 at the statement of vulnerability to God?

What guidelines would you suggest for being vulnerable with other people? What are the dangers and benefits of vulnerability?

Further Reading

Resistance Training

Our muscles grow stronger when we repeatedly push against a weight or force. Similarly, as followers of Jesus, we can grow spiritually stronger when we encounter resistance. Today, we’ll identify the three primary forces that push against us on our path towards...

Stages of Growth

While salvation is instantaneous, spiritual maturity involves a process. It’s one filled with twists and turns and failures and successes. And each stage of our growth requires an awareness of whether we’re a spiritual baby, a young person in the faith or a mature...

Time to Grow Up

Change is part of life. And we can change for good or change for the not-so-good. In the language of the Bible, changing for good is called growth. It’s normal for living things to grow—under one condition—if they’re nourished. In other words, growth doesn’t happen...

Proverbs: The Quest for Character

We might define success by using external qualities like the amount of money someone accumulates or the amount of fame they achieve. However, in the Bible, we find a successful life is defined by our character - our disposition towards qualities like love and...

God Gave

We’ve just come through a time of gift-giving and joy. Of course, the most significant gift of all was God’s gift of Jesus to the world. We find this profound truth simply stated in what might be the most famous of all Bible verses: John 3:16. Maybe this verse is so...