Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11
Daily Lectionary: 2 Kings 9:1-13; 10:18-29; Philippians 2:12-30

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

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What makes you sufficient to pass your test? Did you study hard enough? Did you review enough flashcards? Take enough notes? Read and highlight enough in the textbook? What makes you sufficient to play on the team? Have you worked out enough? Practiced enough? Drilled enough? When it comes to the things of this world, hard work and practice make us sufficient and ready for the task.

But when it comes to the things of faith and eternal life, we’ll never be sufficient. Have you loved God with your whole heart? Really? Except for despising His Word and not praying. Do you really love others as yourself? When there’s something in return, perhaps. If we are to be sufficient before God, we need to measure up to the perfection of the Law. Have you kept all the Ten Commandments on your own? That will never happen.

We need a sufficiency not from ourselves and not inside of us. That’s Jesus. His perfect life and His atoning death for your sins mean that your sufficiency is from Him. Baptism, Word, Body and Blood—all gifts of Jesus—mean that you have all you need. It’s sufficient. It’s enough. It’s more than you need!

St. Paul knew that he could not be a pastor on his own. He didn’t have the wisdom and strength and all the other things people think would make a good preacher. Yet He had Christ. His sufficiency was from God. So is yours. Whenever you think you don’t have much to offer God, rejoice! That’s true! But what the Lord offers you is Himself and that is not only sufficient, but way more than enough for whatever you’ll need in this life and the life to come. Jesus is sufficient for you. He is everything. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Thy righteousness, O Christ, Alone can cover me; No righteousness avails Save that which is of Thee. To whom save Thee, Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee? (Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ, LSB 565:5)

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