“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
We are sinners by birth, sinners by nature, sinners by choice, and sinners by practice. The Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (see Romans 3:23). Sin is the primary source of our weakness. Many of us do not realize we are paralyzed. You may say, “I’m not weak. I lift weights. I’m very strong.” I’m not talking about physical weakness. You may say, “I’m not weak. I have a PhD.” I’m not talking about intellectual weakness. You may say, “I’m not weak. I have a million dollars in the bank.” I’m not talking about financial weakness. I’m talking about spiritual weakness that has paralyzed you.
Do you know what our weakness is? We don’t have the strength to be godly. We are without strength, so Christ died for the ungodly. God’s plan for all of us is that we be godly. I don’t care how hard you try to be godly; you don’t have what it takes. You see, you may be strong to do as you want, but you’re not strong to do as you ought. While we were yet without strength, Christ died for the ungodly. The primary source of our weakness is sin, and the paralyzing force of our sin is that we cannot be what God would have us be.
Take some time and make a list of your weaknesses. Pray over those things, asking God to be the strength in your weakness.