Self Sufficient? Not Even Close.

Under normal circumstances, men love to pull over and ask for directions. Especially if their wife is right next to them asking them to do it. I might have that mixed up. Most of us don’t like to admit when we need help. We like to think we are big and strong and can handle anything that comes our way.

The reality is quite tragic in comparison to our delusion that we can accomplish anything in our own strength.

Mark 10:25-27 (NLT) In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

How long will we continue to depend upon our own strength rather than relying fully upon the grace of God? Perhaps I’m the only one who struggles with this, but it seems like one day I lay down my will, and surrender my life entirely to God and the next I’m trying to work things out in my own strength and force my own plans to succeed.

John 15:5 (NKJV) I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 

Jesus is our source! Why do we so quickly abandon His paths and follow our own strategies. Why do we try to be so self sufficient instead of relying on the sustaining strength of the Lord? One of my favorite scriptures is when the apostle Paul talks about boasting in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT) Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

This is to me one of the most freeing verses in all of scripture! We are free from having to have it all together. We don’t have to be the strongest, or the smartest, we simply have to depend on Jesus.

There is a song by Sleeping at Last entitled emphasis in which the author proclaims, “The sweetest thing I’ve ever heard is that I don’t have all the answers.”

One thing we should strive for today is to stop trying to keep it all together and fall securely into the arms of Jesus. To run into the shelter of the most high God. Let Him be our shield and our strength. Let’s trust the Lord fully in the midst of even the most challenging circumstances.

We do not have to be self-sufficient, but rather self-surrendered, allowing God to be our sufficiency.

2 Corinthians 3:5 (NKJV) Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

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