When I read these words this morning of the pain and suffering that Paul went though the only word that I can think of is Vulnerability. For me I have always seen this chapter as a true example of Leadership. I believe that true Leadership requires vulnerability. From the first verse, “I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!” to the pain and suffering that Paul went through; everything is from his heart.
Culture tells us to lead from our Strengths, and that is so true. But for people to follow us they need to see where we are weak so that they can find a place that they can use their Strengths.
Paul goes on to talk about the “Super-Apostles.” They lead from the strength of Satan, they may appear to have it all together but Paul suggests that they need to be cut down. I am often concerned that leaders who do not show vulnerability or grace might be caught in this trap.
The way to test if a Leader is false or not is to hear their testimony. Paul goes on to share what he has been through. He become vulnerable to his listeners and pours out the pain that he has been through. “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (Verse 30)