This past Sunday, we discussed four basic steps to recognizing and revealing that our core confidence and competence arises from God and not from ourselves. Our focus verse was 2nd Corinthians 3: 5 but we preached from both chapters 3 and 4 to share the points of our message. What are the four steps we pointed out?
1. If we are going to recognize and reveal God as the supplier of sufficient grace and power for our lives we have to remember something. We have to remember that we are called to something greater than ourselves, something that is higher and more glorious. There is an eternal weight of glory that marks our living, one we cannot accumulate for ourselves but is the gift of God in Jesus Christ for us who believe and rely upon God.
2. But, all of us would be most miserable if it depended on us to reach this high and holy prize set before us. Thankfully, 2nd Corinthians 4: 1 says we can receive something that makes all the difference in the world. “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” Yes, the one thing we need to receive is God’s mercy and thankfully, it is available to us through Jesus Christ. Avail yourself of its power to transform our lives from one of limitation and restriction into one marked by grace and abundance.
3. As God is our sufficiency, we renounce some things, things that would occupy our mind and rob us of grace if we maintained our devotion to them or our discussion about them. It is important to remember our minds cannot focus on everything at once. Why? The seat of our passions, the root place for addiction, and the throne for worship all occupy the same place in our brains. Our desire for pleasure, our craving for what has been withdrawn from us, and the thirst for God’s presence can’t occupy the same place at the same time so to recognize and reveal God’s sufficiency in our lives we have to renounce some things.
4. Finally, we reflect something. We reflect the presence of the Holy Spirit. We reflect the truth of Jesus’ passion and preparation for us. Whether we are present or absent from the body we long to be clothed with the life of God in Jesus Christ. Our sufficiency is of God.