Celebrate Your Inadequacy

“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 as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

By definition the word “inadequate” means, “unable to fulfill a need or meet a requirement, insufficient. Unequal to the purpose, deficient.” Do you ever feel inadequate?  Maybe in your job you feel unable to meet the need? I know as a pastor I feel that way every day. Maybe in your marriage or in your family you feel like you just don’t measure up? You look around and it appears everyone else has it all together and you just get this sense that you are simply insufficient. If you do feel that way or you have felt that way before just know that you are not alone.

By ourselves we are completely inadequate, unable to meet the needs, we are totally insufficient. But it’s in recognizing our inadequacies that we open ourselves up to the help of God. Because of our inadequacies God has given us His Holy Spirit so that we might have everything we need at our disposal. So, instead of focusing on all the ways we fall short we do well to instead celebrate our inadequacies knowing when we do we make possible for the power of God to work through us. Don’t take it from me, listen to the apostle Paul himself who wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “Each time he (Jesus) said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Every time you get this sense that you are inadequate or that you don’t measure up, celebrate! That’s right, celebrate your inadequacies by trusting the Lord to show Himself strong both to you and through remembering the very words of Jesus who said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  Because of Jesus we have reason to celebrate today when we feel inadequate for when we are weak He makes us strong. Can I hear an amen!

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty”

1 Corinthians 1:27


Michael Osthimer





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