Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

The importance of being weak

Maria Braun was arrested in 1966 for teaching a foreign ideology to young children in the Kirghiz Soviet Republic. She had organized classes for preschool and older children to teach about faith in Jesus Christ. Another lady was arrested with her and at their trial the judge sentenced the other lady to five years in prison, but gave Maria only three years because of her young age. Maria demanded the same sentence as her friend, declaring that she was able to bear it.

In prison, Maria continued to be a zealous witness of Jesus Christ — for three years. Then she suddenly declared that she had been rescued from faith in Jesus Christ and now believed in herself.

What happened? Some have blamed prison conditions and the relentless Soviet propaganda. Fellow believers saw that she had been faithful during the three years of her original sentence and believed that her pride had led her outside of the shelter of God’s protecting hand.

When we express a desire to be strong Christians, do we understand what we are asking for? Do we realize the danger of believing that we are strong Christians? “I could never do what so-and-so has done. My faith is strong, I have had so much good teaching, I could never fall like that.”

In saying this we step out from under God’s protective canopy and dare Satan to do his worst. He will, and we will fall.

The apostle Paul understood this. “ For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). He got the message when God told him that His strength was made perfect in weakness. “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

We cannot do great things for God. Yet when we acknowledge our weakness, He is able to do surprising things through us. May we be humble enough to allow God to surprise us.

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4 responses to “The importance of being weak

  1. John Kramer March 18, 2014 at 12:51

    Thank you for sharing another wonderful blog! Again, as usual, very thought provoking and also very well written. The danger is very clear when veiwed through the example related here. As you have indicated in the blog as soon as we think we’re doing quite alright in our christian walk, we tend to falter and sometimes fall.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Gede Prama March 18, 2014 at 20:04

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words and for such a wonderful response…:)

  3. Bob Goodnough March 18, 2014 at 20:16

    Good to hear from you. Thanks.

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