5/26 - The Sufficiency of Christ
“And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”
Throughout the Bible, we discover men and women who were challenged by the Lord to accomplish things they felt inadequate to do. Moses complained that he could not speak with Pharaoh because he was “slow to speak.” Gideon refused to see how he could deliver Israel from the Midianites. He claimed “my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” The list goes on and on.
When God determines to do a certain thing in the earth, he chooses a vessel to work through. Often, he chooses someone who isn’t or doesn’t feel qualified. Once that person submits to God’s will, then He equips them and anoints them to fulfill the call. Many are called but few are chosen.
Humility says, “Apart from Christ I can do nothing.” Faith says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God doesn’t expect for you to do anything in your own strength. He simply wants a partner that He can work with to bring about His plans and purposes in the earth.
Eph. 6:10 exhorts us to “be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” Through our union with Him, His strength is manifested when we trust and obey. Miracles never happen until someone steps out in faith. Peter would have never walked on water if he hadn’t stepped out of the boat.
Maybe the Lord is calling you to serve Him in some capacity you’re not comfortable with. Like Paul, you may be praying that this will depart from you. Listen carefully as the Lord says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
As we petition the Lord for a spiritual awakening, He may need you to be a prayer warrior, a leader of men or one who finances the work. Whatever He asks, remember the reward is greater than the cost.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as a member of the body of Christ, I realize that I have a supply to give. Show me, Holy Spirit, what you would have me do. I’m ready to get off the bench and participate in the work of the ministry. In the name of Jesus, amen!