Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

God in us – Day 8

God in us … makes us sufficient

Bible text(s)

5There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes from God;

2 Corinthians 3:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Authority of the Son

19So Jesus answered them, “I am telling you the truth: the Son can do nothing on his own; he does only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son also does.

Someone once said that you cannot give away what you do not have. If you, thus, excel or do good work, don’t feel affronted if people don’t fuss over you, because everything you have, do or accomplish are gifts from God to you (1 Corinthians 4:7). In fact, you should bow down and honour God for allowing you to use his gifts to work and serve in excellence.

Paul understood this truth. He admits that he can do nothing, not even his spiritual work, without God’s sufficiency. Do you know that even Jesus realised this? John 5:19: “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Paul’s desire, therefore, is to do his work and live his life in such a way that God approves. This should be our desire too.

The secular world measures success by what we can do. God, on the other hand, measures a believer’s success by his inward change – a change that has everything to do with the Holy Spirit working within you, and a dependent and close relationship with him. This humbleness becomes visible in the way you think, how you work, how you live your life and how you relate to other people.

If this is your life’s philosophy, you have to understand that any honourable work is, in fact, spiritual work. You might think that this is impossible, but not if you do everything according to 2 Corinthians 3:5: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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