2 Corinthians 3:5, 6
5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God
6 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.
Do you ever wake up feeling insufficient for the day ahead? Maybe your resources are short, you have a nasty cold and your car battery is failing. How can you possibly make it through all these and a bunch of other problems?
Maybe your concern is on a much higher level. Have you just been hired to a fantastic job that you’ve always wanted only to now wonder if you can actually do the job well enough? Some pastors are blessed to have a couple deacons follow them around eagerly willing to point out every less than perfect move they make. That always helps . . .
Feeling adequate for life has a lot to do with self-image. Significant people point things out about our appearance, strengths and weaknesses, talents and the lack of them, and leave life-long impressions that may greatly hurt one’s ability to be confident and courageous. Recent encounters with failure diminish the boldness necessary to pick up the pieces and try again.
You do know that a set-back is just a set-up for a come-back, right? You may have failed but that doesn’t make you a failure. Proverbs 24:16 says a good man falls seven times and gets up again. The only difference between success and failure is one more try. So don’t be absent from the dock when your ship comes in.
Adequacy has one source and that’s God. Paul said God made him an adequate servant of a new covenant, He has made you adequate for your assignment. And it’s the place you are in right now. If you weren’t adequate you wouldn’t be there. So you need to get busy searching within and without to discover the ways God has prepared you and your situation. Keep it straight — all the adequacy you have is God’s, and He is willing to dispense it to and through you. You are partners with God who you call on at each moment of the day and He will strengthen you for the task at hand.
Notice the adequacy is imparted by and through the Spirit, not natural or soulish means. It’s as you walk in surrender to the Spirit that your resources are present and ready to flow. Be sure to not let pride steal your reality — it’s all God!