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Confessions of a Pastor

posted 30 Jan 2013, 09:26 by Peter Moore
Self Sufficiency

This was a phrase frequently heard in our province a few years ago. Made popular by the government of the day, "self sufficiency" was used to try and encourage those within our province. A feel good, "we can do it on our own" type of approach that was meant to motivate and stimulate both the people and the economy of our province.

Actually, the idea of being self sufficient has found it's way not only into my province but into my culture, my church and my personal spiritual journey. Long before any government used the phrase "Self Sufficiency," we humans decided that we could do it on our own. There are numerous examples throughout the Old Testament of God's people turning away and trying to "go it alone." Only to find that each time they headed for self sufficiency they ended up further and further away from the promise land.

But I don't need to look that far back in history to find an example of how humans tend to want to "go it alone" and be self sufficient. I simply need to look at my own life. If I am honest (and here comes the confession), I often try to go it alone. There are times when "I don't want to bother anyone" or think to myself "as the Pastor it's my responsibility." Really this is often just another way of saying "I can do it on my own."

When we pause to pray, we are admitting that "we can't do it all on our own." When we pray we are setting aside the idea of being self sufficient and saying that God's grace is sufficient. 

In his book of Transforming Prayer Daniel Henderson writes:
"Again, this is the heart of prayer. He is worthy. I am needy. He is my all-sufficient, holy, and sovereign Father. I am His humble, weak and dependent child. When these two realities meet, prayer transpires."

I am thankful that God's grace is sufficient and that I don't have to be self sufficient. I have a wonderful heavenly Father who provides for me and I am part of His church that is meant to be a place of support and love. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
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