Honestly, on most any given day it can be easier for me to believe that someone else should be doing the things God has called me to - unless I am deeply abiding in the Word and His Presence and walking in confidence of His ability to do what He wants to do in and through my life. It’s easy to look around me on Main Street, across the street, at the coffee shop, at church, almost anywhere I go and see that there are many more naturally gifted. This week’s topic goes hand in hand with last week’s on comparison. If we are not fully walking in our identity in Christ, It can be easy to feel small, unqualified, insignificant - inadequate and not enough.
There are so many things that can contribute to making us feel inadequate or not enough - comparison, age (too old - too young), our past, failures. Last week we talked about Jeremiah being appointed by God as a prophet to the nations. He felt too young, unqualified, inadequate (Jeremiah 1:4-7). In Genesis 15 - 18 we see where God promises a son to Abram and Sarai a son and as we watch the story unfold, we read where Sarai was beyond years to bear a child and and didn’t believe God. She felt too old - inadequate.
There is no purpose or task that you are created for that God cannot carry out His plan. He is not hindered by our human ability. In fact, it’s only through His supernatural ability that we can be all that He made us to be. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unvelied faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Human nature is such that it’s tempting to spend much of our time focusing on what we don’t have and what someone else has. It’s also such that we can be tempted to spend too much time focusing on what someone else is doing rather than being content with what God has made us to be and has given us to do.
We have to be secure in knowing our identity in Christ and embrace His plan. This will bring true and lasting contentment and love for the purpose for which He created us. When you don’t live in the fullness of your identity - you can’t live in the fullness of your purpose. We must stay close to God and his heart for us and linter in His word. His word brings light into the darkness, clarifies confusion. His Presence brings peace and strength to carry on.
In moments when I have found it easier to ask “why me” or “are you sure” than to trust, I find my heart laid bare before Him, with another layer peeled back, and praying:
God - please help me to believe your plan for me. YOU are not small and insignificant and that's all that matters. You are able. I will never be 'enough' but you are always enough. It's only because of what YOU have done that I have a story of redemption and victory.
And then He reminds me. He is good like that. He reminds me of His faithfulness, He reminds me of who I am in Him, He reminds me that nothing is impossible through Him, He reminds me that stories are worth telling because they could help set another free. He reminds me that community is worth building because it breaks down the walls of isolation.
Is there an area in which you feel inadequate or not enough to walk out God’s best purposes for your life? Is there an area or relationship where you feel inadequate to truly love or receive love the way God intended?
Read and reflect on these scriptures:
Phillipians 1:6 - 1 Corinthians 7:17 - Romans 8:15 - Proverbs 29:25 - Psalm 139:7-12
God is able, true, good, kind, sovereign, gracious, merciful, forgiving, and loving. I know that He wants the best for me - and for you.
When you start to believe how able and loving God is, everything changes. What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? What do you need to believe God for in this moment? How can I pray for you?