We all know people who are full of themselves, who think they’re God’s gift to the universe. And then there are those who underachieve because they don’t have enough confidence in their abilities. So, what’s the answer here?
It’s quite a dilemma. At one end of the scale lies arrogance and pride, at the other, low self-esteem and underachievement. And then there are those who seem to get the balance right, living effective lives that impact the world around them. So how do you get the balance right?
2 Corinthians 3:4,5 We can say this, because through Christ we feel sure before God. I don’t mean that we are able to do anything good ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do.
Paul’s writing here about the impact of his own ministry. Now, when you’re commending yourself and your work, it doesn’t do to be arrogant. And indeed He’s not, because his confidence is in God and the abilities that God’s given him, not in himself.
This is about sober-minded judgement. The truth is that God’s given each one of us gifts and abilities to do things for Him. Arrogance is when we act as though those gifts and abilities are ours – that somehow we’re more virtuous because we have them.
At the other end of the scale there are those who downplay their God-given gifts, who deny their divinely appointed abilities.
Paul knew that anything good, anything that would have an eternal impact in the lives of others, didn’t come from him but from God, because …
It is God who makes us able to do all that we do.
So do what God’s enabled you to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.