1) What is an accomplishment that you are proud of? What is something you have achieved that brings you satisfaction?
2) What can happen (negatively) when we experience success? What keeps you from “getting a big head?”
3) In 12:10 Paul shares an incredible truth – “When I am weak, then I am strong.” How has God showed His strength through your weakness?
Paul continues to prove himself to the Corinthians though he knows it is foolish to do so (12:11). He speaks of visions and revelations, even being caught up to heaven (12:1-2). He shares this to show he is qualified to lead them. Make sure you note the manner of Paul’s writing here. He refers to himself in the third person (“I know a man”). He was not boasting about himself, but rather about what God had done (12:5).
Even though Paul appears to be humble about his incredible experience (12:5), God makes sure he doesn’t get a big head about it (12:7). We don’t know what Paul was dealing with, but God was using it to keep Paul in check.
Our culture prizes strength and success so much that weakness is avoided at all cost. Yet Paul says he delights in being weak (12:10). As we saw earlier, God’s power is best seen through the lens of our weakness – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7