2 Corinthians 3:4-6
John 15:1-5
“… but our sufficiency
is of God.”
The false accusers of Paul were boastful men who were quick to trumpet their own credentials. Their trust was in their strength and intellect. They were men who drew away disciples to themselves and not to Christ (Acts 20:30).
On the other hand, Paul’s trust was not in the arm of flesh but in his Saviour. He was quick to give all glory to God for the successes in the gospel ministry. Paul wanted the Corinthian Christians to know that this success was not due to himself nor his intellect, but was wholly of God. Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). Paul preached the gospel, but God was the one who wrought salvation to the souls in Corinth by the Holy Spirit. “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Cor 3:6).
In fact, the work of the Lord was often fraught with much stress, danger and pain for the Apostle Paul. He had to face much labour, suffering and persecution, sometimes even to the despairing of his life (2 Cor 1:8). It would not have been possible for Paul to endure the ministry if God had not sustained him by His grace.
It is often easy to let success get to our heads. Instead of acknowledging the Lord, we rely on our own strength to pull us through. Being deceived by our pride, we think that all is well in our life, but everything we do is in vain, for we have failed to give God the glory. No work is acceptable before the Lord if it is not done in Christ, no matter how beautiful it may appear in the eyes of man.
Men who rely on their own strength will find the arduousness of life and service too much for them. Some compromise with worldly methods and philosophies to help them out of their predicaments. Others wallow in self-pity as they refuse to turn to God for help. If only they would turn to Christ, they would find in Him their sufficiency. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).
THOUGHT: What is your trust in this life?
PRAYER: Father, may Christ be my trust and refuge.