Lesson Six • Devotion #4: Being Adequate

Have you ever felt like you were not enough? Have you ever felt not worthy of doing something or qualified enough? Almost every day that I walk into our offices, I feel an overwhelming sense of inadequacy, I feel a monster in the back of my head whisper that I am not good enough, or that I am not qualified enough. I will sit in my office and type away at devotions, or lesson plans. I will meet with this young adult or that young adult and try to push them to serve or get involved. Yet still, that voice says, “This is not enough, you are not enough.” If I am a betting man, I would argue that you yourself have had this moment, a sense of inadequacy, or incompetence to one thing or another. It is a terrible feeling sometimes; it just makes you want to quit or not even try in the first place. I get it, I feel it, and that is where I spend most of my days. I read books of epic adventures and high fantasies where noble knights battle greater evil for the sole purpose of protecting what they love, and I have a hard enough time getting my devotions turned in on time. Looking at our current culture, it is hard not to see anything but being above average. “Everyone” posts above-average looks, above-average style, and an above-average frame of mind. With all of that, we begin to fall short of what society places on ourselves.

Yet, this is okay. I was never meant to be a knight in shining armor or the President of the United States. I was never meant to go to the moon or to write an award-winning novel. I was never meant to be the best, and I never will be the best. However, I know who is. 

In this book, we see that the church of Corinth is still a mess. It is still fighting similar battles that it fought before, and one of those was the competency of the apostle Paul. Some were saying that Paul was not smart enough or talented enough to have the authority that he has. I mean, the guy who wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament, has his authority being questioned. Yet, Paul does not go on a tirade on how he trained under the greatest Jewish lawyer ever giving him the equivalent of a Harvard law degree, nor does he state the number of churches he has founded, or leaders he has mentored. Instead, Paul states, “Such is the confidence we have through Christ before God. It is not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6 CSB). He states his own inadequacy but states God’s Supremacy. 

Our job as Christians is not to be good enough for God to use us. If that were so, we would never be used at all. Instead, our job as Christians is to go and share the Gospel of Christ no matter what. We are to go forth and do what is asked of us because of God’s adequacy. We can because He is able. He is enough. For too long, we fight the calling of God in our life because we want something more; we need something more. What more can He give you other than the death of His Son Jesus? We need nothing more than the passion for the Gospel and the love we have for our Lord and His Gospel. 

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