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Often leaders believe they must never let anyone know that they are struggling. In many arenas, a leader who discloses his weaknesses is automatically disqualified. In these circles, vulnerability is synonymous with being inept.
Tragically, because this view finds its roots in our fallen-nature, it can easily creep into spiritual leadership. A leader is tempted to cover up his weaknesses. Instead of humility, pride raises its ugly head. When confronted with ministry drawbacks, denial and defensiveness become the standard response. Without fail, whether quickly or slowly, the leader and the ministry suffer its negative effects.
Thankfully, the antidote was revealed to the Apostle Paul. In the midst of ministry, God allowed him to be afflicted. Paul persistently prayed for relief. As He always does, God heard and answered. It wasn’t exactly the answer Paul or any leader would want, but it was the one needed, “The thorn stays. My grace will be sufficient.” A great leader responded,
“Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
He was willing to be vulnerable. In his vulnerability, God was magnified. When God was magnified, ministry flourished. When ministry flourished, people were transformed. When people were transformed, God was glorified and a leader was honored.