Proverbs 8—9, 2 Corinthians 3 Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:5
Some help-wanted ads sound like only Superman should apply for the job. The job description may include the required education and the amount of experience in the field, plus the abilities that are expected of the person filling the position. We may look over the ad and wonder if anyone would be up to the job.
In 2 Corinthians 2:16, Paul asks a question that is not answered until the next chapter. It is a little like an advertisement in the help-wanted section. After describing believers as the “aroma of Christ” (v. 15) and saying how we are to the one “the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life,” he asks, “And who is equal to such a task?” (v. 16).
We certainly aren’t! It is important for us to recognize that confidence in self alone is insufficient to accomplish what God wants us to do. It is also vital that we not excuse ourselves from our God- given, responsibilities by highlighting our inadequacies either. At this point we need to keep reading. “Our competence,” Paul writes, “comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant” (3:5-6).
We may feel like the overwhelmed candidate for an overwhelming job, but we have this assurance—God can make us competent for the task. The only real question is not if He can but if we will. Will you let Him so mold and make you that He can effectively use you?
_“God, help me not to be overly confident in myself but properly dependent on You. Help me see how You are molding and making me to serve as Your witness. ”_
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett