Day 3 – A Sufficient Union
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Is what I have enough for me to feel fulfilled?” “Am I enough?” In a world where many things are measured and assessed based on how they live up to their value, these are two questions we often find ourselves asking. We wonder if we are confident enough or strong enough to succeed. We worry about whether or not we are skilled or gifted enough to prove ourselves worthy. In some situations, we aren’t always seeking to prove our sufficiency to others, instead desiring to prove it to ourselves. In answering these questions, we find both bad news and good news.
The bad news is that the answer to these questions about our sufficiency is “no, I am not enough.” We, within our own value, ability, and merit, will never be enough. To be quite frank, this is an extremely discouraging reality. And while, at face value, this reality seems to only condemn, it is a reality that is necessary for the earth-shattering nature of the good news that follows.
The good news is simple: Christ is sufficient. The Father’s Grace, which is the person of Jesus, is enough. In the areas where we are weak, His strength is perfect. In the times when we cannot protect ourselves, His shield is unbreakable. In the areas where we are not enough to fulfill our own expectations, His portion is completely satisfying. Admitting our own inability to be sufficient for ourselves frees us to accept and embrace the truth that Christ is sufficient. This Union we have been brought into with Christ bestows upon us His sufficiency. We are made to be enough because Christ Himself is the sufficient Grace of God.
There is no Sufficiency apart from Jesus.
What would the words of 2 Corinthians 12:9 look like if we unashamedly lived them out? How God-glorifying would it be if we willingly admitted our weakness and our inability to be enough so that Christ’s sufficiency would be made much of?
Action Step: Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-6. How does this passage bring even more light to our understanding of true sufficiency?