2 Corinthians 3:5—”Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,”
What is this sufficiency from God?
Sufficient—competent, ample in amount, fit in character, enough, worthy, adequate.
2 Cor 3:5 says we have no sufficiency in ourselves. In God’s eyes we cannot do anything of ourselves or apart from Him.
John 15:5—”I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Is there an opposite to abiding in Him and His sufficiency? The easy answer is when we abide in our natural, human abilities, strengths and sufficiency.
2 Corinthians 12:9—”But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
God’s grace is our sufficiency. His grace brings power in the midst of our weakness. He wants to teach us to rely on His sufficiency, not ours. Rather than cover up or hide our weaknesses, His power is made perfect in our weakness.
1 Corinthians 15:10–“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not found vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
Philippians 2:13—”for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.”
God labors in and through us in countless ways, small and large. Often, we are not aware of His labors of love in us until He opens our eyes to see His hand at work. He is expressing His love to us every day, usually through others but sometimes through events or circumstances. Similarly, He uses us to express His love to others through His sufficiency. His sufficiency is expressed through His Spirit in us.
Romans 8:2—”For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.”
We are a branch connected to the vine (Spirit) as the life of Jesus flows through us. We are set free from trying to follow Him through our sufficiency or by trying to keep the letter of the law.
2 Corinthians 3:6—”who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
Lord, thank You that we are a branch dependent upon You, the vine, and that the real fruit of the Spirit is produced through You and Your sufficiency in us. Thank You for working in and through us for Your good pleasure.