Riddle: What is it we have a lot of and none of all at the same time?
I made that up (if you couldn't tell). The riddle has to do with a kingdom factor which I regard as huge. I can't do without it, have it in abundance, and fight for it constantly.
The answer? Confidence.
We have a lot of it if it is placed in the Spirit of God. We have none of it in ourselves if we are positioned well with God. Proper and effective confidence is to be Spirit-provided and never self-induced. Thus, we have a lot of confidence in God; but not in ourselves....simultaneously.
II Cor. 3:4-5: And such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.
All close to me know me to be of two extremes; no confidence/great confidence. I have no confidence (Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves) in me. So it is very weird being me or working around me; for I have great confidence in God (But our adequacy is from God).
So we live as the answer to a great riddle. It is when we have confidence in ourselves that we are jumping the kingdom track. Therefore, we find even greater meaning to the Galatians exhortation, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. We live while we don't while He does so we do.
God's riddles.....who can fathom?