Do you ever feel inadequate to accomplish a task? Billy Strayhorn, a minister from Texas, says that many of us act like the out-of-shape overweight man who decided to take up tennis. He took lessons from a professional and read several self-help books which advised him to ”think positively” and ”develop a winning attitude.” A friend asked him how his tennis was going. So, with a positive, winning attitude in his voice, the man replied, ”When my opponent hits the ball to me, my brain immediately barks out a command to my body: ”˜Race up to the net. Slam a shot to a far corner of the court. Immediately jump back into position and return the next volley to the other far corner of the court.’ Then my body stops and says, ”Who, me?”
This was my body this week as I have successfully, up to this point, stayed on track with my workout regime. My mind holds the winning attitude and I can visualize my fit and toned body. But in the middle of learning the exercises, my body is saying, ”You want me to do what? Who, me?”
I have pondered this week after last Sunday’s celebration of Pentecost about the how the disciples felt. I wonder if they felt inadequate for the task put before them. They watched Christ die and then be resurrected. He then ascended, promising to one day return but left them with the final instructions, to go and make disciples of everyone. Seems like a daunting task and one in which they might just be asking, Who, me?
But now they hold the power of the Holy Spirit. Did they still feel inadequate? If we continue to read though, we see that they remembered the past and the great fulfillment of God’s promises. This reminder coupled with their new resource of the Holy Spirit now allows them to step out in faith and grasp the future that God intended for them.
Do you ever feel inadequate to move forward on a task God is calling you for? It is important that we also look to the past promises of God and those to whom He equipped to do great things even with their limitations. There are many examples in the scriptures of how God equipped both men and women who held great limitations, yet with His power did great things for His kingdom.
Moses, for example, felt inadequate for the task that God asked him to do. But God didn’t ask Moses to work alone. God offered other resources to help him, including God, himself. God also calls us to do tasks that sometimes seem beyond our ability but we must remember that He doesn’t ask without providing us tremendous resources, just like He did Moses. We must move outside of our comfort zone and grasp the resources that He provides. Then we can step out in our faith knowing that God is with us.
God often calls us to do tasks that seem too difficult but like Moses, he doesn’t ask us to do them alone. He first provides us with the Holy Spirit, our own help mate, in addition to other great resources. We must look to Him to provide what we need to accomplish His tasks then we can allow God to use our abilities for His good. Moving forward in faith is not easy especially when we feel inadequate but it is necessary to spread the Good News of Christ just as He commands us to do to all people everywhere.
But Moses protested to God, ”Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 (NLT)
Just as God provided the great faith leaders of all times with the resources they needed, He also provides for you. He will make sure you have the needed ability, courage, strength, and even the words when you may need them. You shouldn’t hide behind your inadequacies but look to the resources He provides. Set out to obey God in your faith for when the task appears difficult it is only those with persistent faith that can make it through as the impossible approaches and descends. For with God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) He does know best, so put your trust fully in Him and march on.
Challenge yourself to step out in faith when God calls you, even when it seems impossible. Through your convictions trust Him fully. Allow yourself to find motivation in the secure promises of God past, present, and future. And be comforted knowing that God has your back!
Love in Christ,
Inadequacy is the opportunity to experience the sufficiency of Christ.
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. (NLT) 2 Corinthians 3:5
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Do you find it difficult to take on tasks that you feel inadequate for? Have you experienced God’s promises in your life? Has He carried you through difficult situations? Share your experiences and thoughts on trusting God when you feel inadequate.