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Weak.  Your weak, I'm weak, we're all weak.  Like it or not we all have a weakness.  One of my weaknesses is cereal.  Not the good cereal either.  I love junk cereal and I love to eat it at night.  This does not always help keep the pounds off.


In his book An Unhurried Leader Alan Fadling hits on a different aspect of weakness - "We are tempted to think that our greatest resource for life's demands is our strengths, but when it comes to following Jesus, it might be that our weakness is our greatest resource.  That's because our weakness can prompt us to turn to him and rely on his guidance and power for whatever he has called us to do."


Let's look John 15:4-11 ESV



4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.


We are the branch.  He is the vine.  Without Him, we cannot bear fruit.  It's in our weakness that we rely on Him to help us bear fruit. 


I believe Matthew 22:36-40 ESV is a great example of John 15:4-11 ESV on how we are the branch and he then becomes our vine.


36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”


By following him we commit to the first and greatest commandment loving Him with all our hearts, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:36-38 ESV) - The branch our setting ourselves on solid foundation.  Thus He will become our vine leading us to share the love and grace extended to us freely from Him to our neighbors (Matthew 22:39-40ESV) - bearing fruit.


Allow him to work His grace, love, guidance, and strength in your weakness.


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