Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
As believers in Christ in today’s world it is not uncommon for us to struggle with feelings of missing out on God’s best for us. When we look forward we long for a different outcome than we have known so far. When we look back we bemoan all the ways we have fallen short. Back and forth we go between the future and the past and we never really address the present. We really feel that we are inadequate to have a successful next moment in the pursuit of living fully for God. Today’s Scripture does much to restore our perspective and hope that we can successfully live fully for God in the present. Our passage begins with the recognition that we are not adequate in ourselves. Now, we already know this, but because we think it is a bad thing, our sense of inadequacy compounds our struggle with becoming ones who live fully for God. But if we truly start viewing our sense of inadequacy as a good thing, we are headed in the right direction.
It is really hard for us to give up wanting and trying to be adequate in ourselves. Getting it right in the Christian life does not come from our own efforts to conform to the expectations we think God has for us. We will always be inadequate in succeeding and we will always end up stuck in the mire of failure. Our passage goes on to say, “our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate.” Getting it right is all about trusting Christ to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. This is what the New Covenant is all about. When we trust Christ as our Savior we are cleansed, we become temples of the Holy Spirit. As such we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit who works from the inside out powerfully helping us to become all that God desires for us to be and to fulfill through us all that He desires for us to do.
Just like a person must give up on there being any way to be right with God except through the forgiveness and cleansing of sin through Christ, they must give up on any way to live the Christian life except through Christ by means of the Holy Spirit living it in and through them. Truly inadequacy leads to adequacy because it causes us to pursue God who alone is adequate and who alone can make us adequate for all that he has in mind for us. Here is how it works: The more we pursue God, the more we will know and experience him. The more we know and experience God, the more his adequacy fills us. The more his adequacy fills us, the more we become adequate servants of the new covenant (vital links that successfully do their part in God’s plan of reaching the world with his provision of redemption and change through Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit).
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, I confess that I am inadequate in myself for becoming all you want me to become and for doing all you want me to do. Help me to fully look to you in the present so that in full faith and dependence I can confidently address each next moment and take each next step in living fully for you. Thank you for being the adequacy of my life and the true significance of my life. Amen!