“Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.” 2 Co. 3:4-6
The word competent in the original Greek language in this passage is the word hikanos. Translations of this word are sufficient, able and enough. What Paul is saying is that we are not enough within ourselves…but God is enough. He makes us enough in every circumstance apart from ourselves. For a girl who has always been driven by being enough for everyone, doing enough for all and performing enough to gain approval…THIS IS FREEDOM! The real truth is that God never intended on us being enough for anything. His plan was that our lack filled with His abundance was enough to face anything.
‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me…’ Phil 4:13. We can fill in the blank. Because Christ is enough…I can face life without my loved ones. Because Christ is enough…I choose hope for the future instead of the despair of the moment. Because Christ is enough…He will fill the lonely places…the broken dreams…the fearful future. Because I am not enough…He is!
‘So, in striving to be enough, we are striving against the will and plan of God. Lord help us! We have been duped! We have come far from God’s original plan. We have learned how to become depressed, discontent and insecure trying to be polished, perfect and poised. We have become ashamed if we are not perfect. We have learned to both believe and live by these lies. Perfection is the lie, performance is the lifestyle, and depression, insecurity, discontent and fear are the outcome…We can learn to press through our old feelings. Getting a spiritual perspective can set us free and enable us to walk through the dysfunction in our thinking to the other side, even stronger than we were before.’ Deeper, Debbie Alsdorf. We must not return to our former thinking and believe in our own enough, but live in the present ‘enough’ of God. ‘Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?’ Gal 4:9.
‘Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.’ Col 3:2. ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ John 8:32.