2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Paul asks a personal question in 2 Corinthians 2:16: “Who is sufficient for these things?” By “these things” the apostle means the demands and sacrifices of the Christian life. Who is sufficient for living a creative, victorious Christian life?
But Paul does more than ask the question: he gives us the answer! “Our sufficiency is of God.” We have no power of our own, no wisdom of our own; but we belong to the One who is the very power and wisdom of God!
Christ is sufficient for a man’s spiritual needs. We draw upon His fullness of grace, according to John 1:16; and Philippians 4:13 declares that the believer can “do all things through Christ” who strengthens him. Because you are united to Christ, His spiritual resources are available to you! This is what Paul meant when he testified, “Not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20). The Christian life is not lived by imitation, but by incarnation: He lives out His life in and through you!
Do you know by faith what it means to be “strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16)? Do you draw upon Christ’s limitless resources of grace by claiming His promises and calling upon Him in prayer? No matter what spiritual demands are made upon you, your Savior is sufficient to meet them. Christ can enable you to be an effective witness at work, a good husband and father at home, a winsome neighbor on your street. Don’t depend on your own strength today. Depend on the sufficiency of Him who is all-sufficient for every spiritual need in your life.
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).