“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5/KJV).
How we think about ourselves has an effect on all of our lives. The way we estimate our own behaviour determines (at least to some extent) our attitudes towards others.
The Greek word translated “think” in the above verse is the same as in 1 Corinthians 13:5: Love “thinketh no evil.” (KJV). ‘Logizomai’ also could be translated: to take an inventory, to estimate, to conclude, to reason, to despise or to esteem.
How do we think of ourselves? What are we going to conclude if we should perform well in some field?
Are we ever sufficient of ourselves? Our character and our personal strengths are the results of our childhood and of the input we have received.
In many ways, we may be different from others that have surrounded us. Yet it was the people we were interacting with that helped us become who we are.
In the final analysis, all the good sides of us come from God. God created us and all of mankind. God has put us into our place. God provides us with the food and fresh air we need. In that sense also we are not of our own and not sufficient of ourselves.
Whatever good we might achieve in our lives is a result of God’s blessing, really. Originally, God has created man in his own image.
Maybe you are a Christian and you take great effort to live a life that adheres to God’s standards. Possibly you are doing pretty well in some areas. Please note: this is also a result of God’s enabling you.
Some may have had a time where they were keenly aware of shortcomings. You may have had a great sense of need. You may have prayed to God for help even as Jesus has come to save you from your sins.
Now you feel more at ease. You sense you are closer to being sufficient to God’s standards.
Please remember this is not the result of your own efforts. It comes from God’s divine grace. It was He who gave you strength and opportunity.
As you always keep this in mind, you will learn to be more gracious with others. Your achievement is not of yourself. God also loves your fellow men.
As you point others to God they may begin to see a way where there was no way before. They may begin to gain strength, where they used to be utterly discouraged. A new beauty may become evident in their lives as they become aware of God’s great love. Jesus once upon a time has come so that all who would trust him might receive forgiveness and sanctifying grace.