Key verse: 2 Corinthians 3:5 - KJV
5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
2 Corinthians 3:1-5
All things take root from God. There is nothing there is that does not emanate from God. Even the corrupt and evil doer started his being from God until he got corrupted by the spirit of evil. If we have this understanding, then are we better candidates of the Kingdom. More importantly, our coming into the Kingdom is an act planned and executed by God even if He used some to accomplish it as His ministers. When we also grow to become ministers, we must appreciate the fact that whatever we achieve are borne out of God’s investment in us. Hence, our ability to disciple others and have them grow to becoming reputable members of the Kingdom is by the grace of God. We are therefore to appreciate God who has built us to the height and stature that we have achieved in Him. Despite all odds that confronts the Believer in these days of crass persecution, if you are yet standing, it is not because you are in anyway a macho being but because of the Lord who has built resilience in you and makes you sufficient despite all.
It is not in any way good for any minister of the Gospel to boast over any achievement or accomplishment as that suggests that it is by his prowess that the achievements came. The glory we have in the work of the Kingdom is in seeing the products of our sojourn mature in Christ. When they so mature, our joy is multiplied in the work the Holy Spirit has done in them through us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in that while the going was tough, He remains our sufficiency. Though there be lack, we marched on as if there was none. We know how to abase and also how to abound. This strength is drawn from God and not by ourselves.
What is it you are going through at the moment particularly towards the growth of the Kingdom? If you will rely on God, our sufficiency, all will soon come to pass and you will have the occasion to rejoice in the fruit of your labor if you refuse to faint. Whatever you do however, be mindful of giving praise to God for He is the one that sustains us in all of it. He is our sufficiency in time of need and at all times.
Pray: Father, you are my sufficiency: help me to lean on you forever and not depend on any arm of flesh; help me to always return the praise to you in Jesus name.