Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,2 Corinthians 3:5(ESV)
Legalism boasts in oneself to keep rules and regulations - but grace boasts only in the Lord. Keeping laws or rituals, whether self-imposed or insisted upon by a denomination or organisation, inflates the ego, for our sufficiency is dependent on my abilities and what I do. However, the gospel of grace nurtures humility, for it admits ones own inabilities and insufficiencies and depends completely on God and His abilities and sufficiency – for we are not competent in ourselves to claim anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence and sufficiency comes from God.
When God calls a man or woman into a work that He has prepared for them to do – it is God Who works in them and through them - for our own ability is insufficient for the task– and so we have to rely on God’s abilities… for our sufficiency is from Him alone.
Without the sufficiency of Christ, I can do nothing for it is only as God works in me, to will and to do of His good pleasure, that I can do all things through Christ because He gives me His strength, by the power of the Holy Spirit within – because my sufficiency is in HIM alone.
Self-importance, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-esteem and a self-inflated ego are what the world sees as important but in truth our life should be one of God-importance, God-sufficiency, God-reliance, God-esteem and a gentle spirit of humility and grace - for we can never ever be sufficient in ourselves and claim anything as coming from us, for our sufficiency is from God alone.
Loving Lord, help me to develop humility of heart that only comes from total dependence on You and not on my own abilities, for I confess that without You I can do nothing. Praise God that in my weakness I can do all things through Christ, Who gives me the strength – in Whose name I pray, AMEN