Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 24

BUT OUR SUFFICIENCY IS FROM GOD, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. [II Cor. 3:6] every believer’s mysterious strength, the stunning answer Paul gives to His own question: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit.” (II Cor. 3:5,6, ESV) These words must be some of the most powerful declarations in Scripture. They hit me like a splash of water, awakening my heart. Yes! I am sufficient because Christ lives in me! He is the Savior and I am His vessel. I am not called to save lives, but to show Christ. If my primary agenda is preventing an abortion, then the plan is easily thwarted; my work is in vain. But if my chief goal is to share Jesus’ love, then nothing can interfere. The oppressing fear of saying the wrong thing or missing the perfect opportunity, lifted. The words of the Holy Spirit simply came: “Jesus loves you so much. He cares about what you have been through and He wants to bring you healing.” She began to cry, strong demeanor crumbling as the tender presence of Jesus touched her heart. It was a sweet and unexpected moment. The next day, my client returned for an ultrasound. There were more tears as she glimpsed her baby for the first time, marveled at its miniature perfection, saw its tiny heartbeat. This precious lady chose life that day. Her decision was not because I was so eloquent or so smart, but because of Jesus who used me in my weakness to serve as a vessel of His love. This was a powerful lesson in my life. How many times do I get -24- in the way of the Holy Spirit by believing I have to do His job? Do I really think God needs my great strength and wisdom to accomplish His plans? There is something freeing about letting God be God. It frees the tongue, releases supernatural wisdom, and empowers me with strength I could never possess on my own. When I stop defying my innate human inadequacy and instead hold it up as an offering to God, His sufficiency becomes mine. There is no shame in admitting our innate weakness to God. In fact, it is those weaknesses – physical or emotional - that qualify us to receive God’s power. This is the reverse economy of the Kingdom: in Christ the poor are made rich, the weak made strong, and the humble lifted up. It is good for me to understand my human insufficiencies. They kee