As a Christian man, I live in a perpetual condition of weakness, imperfection, fragility and sinfulness. I am not pure or neat, but instead I am a sinner and messy, I am not strong, I am weak, and often feel my weaknesses daily. I am not hyper-spiritual, but instead I am extremely worldly – in other words, I still love and enjoy reading secular books, philosophy, psychology, secular music, movies, drinking wine or beer, dancing, bowling, bicycling, parks, museums and many other stuff. And, I do not have it all together (and I never will), instead I have thorns in my flesh, brokenness, insecurities, inconsistencies, disappointments, discontentment and sinful inclinations.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (Paul’s Visions and His Thorn)
I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— 6 though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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.