The Sin of Self Sufficiency
by Alan Kearns
Published on March 22, 2023
Categories: Devotions

The Sin of Self Sufficiency

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV

Without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5c (KJV)

As a boy I was taught to be proud of my family name, to be self-sufficient. To complete any work taking pride in the end product. As a young man becoming a Christian I still carried these traits of self-sufficiency in my life, foolishly thinking I could do anything for God. Soon I found that I could never succeed in anything by my own ability for God. Through time I learned that God uses weakness to complete His work in this world, just look at David the shepherd boy who slew Goliath.

The realization that all was done through the provision of God, and surrendering my insufficiency to Him was my breakthrough. It meant I had become 100% dependent on God. This has become a daily routine, in prayer surrendering to Him and relying on His provision for that day. I was assured in my weakness He would display His purpose.

Dear reader, are you living a completely surrendered life for God? Is pride a barrier between your Christian walk and Father God? As children of Heaven, we must rely on Him daily for provision and guidance, only then will we be truly sufficient.


Alan Kearns is a Christian father and grandfather from Scotland. He was raised in the mining villages of Fife and came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1984. A major influence that leads Alan to Jesus was his Christian mum, grandparents and an aunt. Alan writes regular devotionals in his blog Devotional Treasures

 Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash



  1. Aimee

    Absolutely LOVE this post! I, too, have been learning this! It’s such an important realization! This really spoke to me-“surrendering my insufficiency to Him was my breakthrough”. Needed to hear this!

    • Alan

      Thank you for your precious feedback Aimee. May Jehovah Jireh see your need and bless you and your family at His right time, Amen.

  2. Russell Kendall Carter

    Great inspiration; weakness, a creation of mankind, can only be overcome by the power of our Loving God, who gives us unlimited power over all our mortal failures. REcognize God within and we are eternally created by God.

    • Alan

      Thank you for your comments brother Russell, nay God bless you richly today


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