Man’s Best is Still Falling Short
“Our sufficiency is of God…Who also hath made us able ministers.” — II Corinthians 3:5-6
The best of men is still just a man. Even the best of men has feet of clay and a body of flesh. The best minds, skills, gifts, abilities and personalities are worthless without God. Man may be impressed with great words of knowledge from skilled educators; they are awed by great artists and musicians, but the best of men is still just a man. God does not look upon the outer man but He looks upon the heart. Our sufficiency is of God. It is the Lord Who makes us able ministers. It is amazing what God can produce from almost nothing. Dr. Harold Sightler said, “God is nothing more than a junk dealer. He takes worthless junk and makes it usable for His glory.” Paul said, “O wretched man that I am!” He did not say, “Wretched man that I was!” When Paul became as nothing then God made him something. Without Him we are nothing! It is the Lord Who makes the difference. There is no substitute for the touch of the Master’s hand upon a life. To some, the verse could be, “Our insufficiency is of ourself.” Not of the Lord. The Lord is potter and we are the clay. He makes us and remakes us to become chosen vessels for His use.
The Lord said, “Follow Me and I will make you become….” Your part is to follow Him. His part is to make you! You can do many good things without the blessing of the Lord. You need to understand that God does not appreciate what He does not initiate. Don’t depend upon your own abilities to accomplish the work of God. Our sufficiency is from God. Sometimes failure is good because it causes leaders to lose their self dependency and pride. After you fail you will learn to depend more upon Him. Failure will force you to stop trying on your own and start trusting the Lord. One of the greatest times in your ministry is when you learn simply to follow Him and let Him make you become what you need to be for His glory. It may surprise you to see what He can do. God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Seek to Follow Him and Let Him Make and Mold you
A task should be stopped if it was not started by God – Ted Camp