Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

Key Verse

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Additional Verses

Philippians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Isaiah 41:10

Materials Needed

  • Two fabric gloves
  • Glue or paint


The day before take one of the gloves and soak it in either paint or glue and let it dry so it will be nice and hard the next day.

Object Lesson

Do you want to be strong or weak? (Wait for a response.) The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.

(Hold up the hardened glove.)

Does this glove seem strong? (Show how it is stiff and can barely move.) This is a really strong glove. Do you think this glove would be very useful though? (Try to put your hand in the glove, but struggle.) Although this glove has a lot of strength on its own it isn’t very useful because I can barely move it. What kind of glove is better? A weaker glove.

(Bring out the other glove.)

This glove isn’t as strong as the other glove but it is flexible. (Put your hand in the glove.) I can do great things with this glove. Why? Because the glove is strong? No! Because the glove is weak and flexible and lets me do the work through it. The glove doesn’t actually do the work, but I do.

We should not be like this hard glove, but like this glove that is flexible and allows me to work through it. We should let God work through us. Sometimes we cover over our weaknesses because we think that makes us less useful. However, God says that when we are weak then He is able to work powerfully through us.

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