Have you questioned that still, small voice nudging you to do something out of your comfort zone—something that would show love to others and bring God glory?
And the conversation in your head goes something like this:
Lord, you want me to do what? Certainly, there is someone with more experience who would do a much better job! What if I fail? Or worse, make a fool of myself?
The truth is, we all feel inadequate at times.
Am I qualified? Am I good enough? Can God really use me?
When you start to question your calling, it helps to remember these truths.
Your Adequacy Comes From God
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, who also made us adequate servants of the new covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:4)
You see, we don’t need to be adequate in ourselves because our adequacy comes from God. He makes us adequate!
And according to this verse, not only does our adequacy come from God, but so does our confidence.
I can feel confident in who God made me and how He chooses to use me. I can move forward with what he has laid upon my heart with confidence.
I am ready for anything, through Him who infuses inner strength into me. I am sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Philippians 4:13
God Will Equip You
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:17
Every believer has received the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to live for God and works His power through our weakness.
There are so many verses in the Bible to assure us that God works in us to fulfill his purposes:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV
I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans 12:4-6
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (I Peter 1:3) NIV
God Uses Weakness to Show His Strength
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
When you are feeling weak you can pray that the power of Christ will rest upon you.
That’s right, you don’t need to be a ball of nerves! You can rest in the strength God will give you.
Would you ever guess that the man who led the Israelites out of Egypt, pleaded with God to send someone else?
Yes, Moses questioned his abilities even after God assured him!
God Will Be With You
Moses asked God, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Exodus 3:11
God’s response to Moses?
I will be with you. (3:12)
When we feel insecure we need to remember we are not alone. God is always with us.
But even after this reassurance, Moses continued to second guess himself.
God Will Help You
“What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, “The Lord did not appear to you?” Exodus 3:13
So, then God gave Moses three signs to use to prove to the people that what he said was from him.
He told Moses his staff would turn into a snake, his hand would become leprous and then be restored, and he would take water from the Nile and when he poured it onto the ground it would turn into blood. God even gave Moses a preview of the first two signs.
I just love how God helped Moses by giving him signs to help the Israelites believe him.
But Moses was still feeling inadequate!
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
Boy, do I sympathize with Moses feeling insecure in his ability to communicate God’s message. I often feel the same way when I speak.
Once again, God encouraged Moses to look to Him for strength and help.
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:10-16
God assures Moses that he will help him speak and give him the words.
But, nope, it doesn’t end there. Moses is still unsure.
He begins to plead with God to send someone else!
But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Ok, now God is mad! But in his loving mercy, He gives Moses someone who will speak for him.
Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.”
So, the next time you find yourself responding to God’s direction with these questions—
Who am I to do that God?
But Lord, I don’t (name your weakness)
Please send someone else!
remember the truth of who you are in Christ.
Remember your sufficiency is not found in your own ability and talents. It’s found in the sufficiency you have in Christ.
Perhaps just like Moses, God is reassuring us to trust and believe He is present, equipping us for the task.
Let’s give up our own inadequate view of who we are and all the reasons why we think we can’t do something and instead say,
“Yes, God. If that is what you want me to do, even though I’m nervous and feel inadequate, I will do it. And I will trust in your sufficiency.”
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Chip Ingram’s wife, Theresa.
I am a competent person, equipped by the Holy Spirit to carry out God’s will in my daily life in a way that pleases Him, regardless of what stage of growth I may be in at the present. My real importance in life is connected with the way I am touching other people’s lives with the love of God and message of Christ. (from Living on the Edge Podcast-Precious in His Sight-How to Have a Healthy Self-Concept)
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