Jesus is Your Sufficiency

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 3

JESUS IS YOUR SUFFICIENCY

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant…  (2 Corinthians 3:4-6a)

On your own, you are not good enough, but in Christ you are more than qualified.

By yourself, you don’t have what it takes, but in Christ you are abundantly supplied.

Without Jesus, you might as well quit, give up, go home and not bother trying.  But, with Jesus…what are you waiting for?

You can do this!  You are ready!  You are able!

If you’re in Christ, you can have confidence that nothing can stop your success for the Kingdom.  As you meditate on that confidence, may you be filled with the hope of this truth: Jesus is your sufficiency.

-Pastor Phillip


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Kingdom Credentials

What is the sign of “valid ministry” in the Kingdom of God?

“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.” -2 Corinthians 3:2

Credentials have always been a big deal.  As a sign of legitimacy in any arena, recommendations from qualified people and certificates from reputable institutions have always been the mark of quality that most are looking for.

But the Kingdom of God has different criteria for credentials.

In the Kingdom, programs and achievements are important, and in many cases necessary, but they aren’t the most important thing.

In the Kingdom, what what matters most is not the projects you’ve accomplished or the positions you’ve attained.

It’s the people you’ve invested in for the glory of God.

So, how’s it going?

Prayer for 10/08/10

Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.

You call me first to abide IN You, not work FOR You. You teach me that service is an outflow, not an engine; a result, not a cause.

Forgive me for looking at my life and the lives of others through the lenses of achievement rather than communion. I have set my tasks and accomplishments on the balance scale opposite the rest of the world and judged myself according to which way it tips, but You, Lord, do not measure my worth with the same weights.

You place in my corner the weight of the cross, and that love is heavier than all the achievements and accolades ever done by the sons of men. You place in my corner the blood of Christ, and that gift is far weightier than any acceptance I could hope to earn. THANK YOU.

Lord, let me not be so consumed with activity that I cease to abide. Let me not try to do so much for you that I lose the joy of simply being with you.

Let me not judge others by how much or little they have done, but let me only watch my own life to ensure I have loved and lived with You.

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