So many of us try desperately to measure up to what we think people think of us, which is a worldly standard not a Godly truth. This behavior of trying to live up to other people’s standards will always leave us feeling inadequate. The larger problem this behavior creates is fear inside of us, because we become afraid to do what we're call to do and be who were called to be.
Let me ask you something: How many times at work did you not take that new position because you thought you couldn't do it, and you were afraid of failing? How many times in your church have you wanted to step up and do a job or be a part of a ministry, but when your pastor asked you to help, you backed away and said no because you felt inadequate? Maybe we even act this way because we compare ourselves to someone else and think that we can never be as good as him or her.
However, the spiritual truth is fear is not what God designed you for, and it’s certainly not the reason that Jesus came to earth, died, and was resurrected. He had a soul-saving purpose and that purpose continues in you today.
We all have moments where we feel inadequate and moments when we let fear get the best of us. It even happened to Moses, the guy that said, “let my people go.” When God told him in Exodus 3, “I'm sending you to pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt,” Moses said to God, “who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He even goes on later in Exodus 4 to beg God to send someone else. But, if you know the story, Moses overcame his fear through the power of our heavenly Father, and so can you.
The fear of inadequacy when left unchecked has the power to paralyze. So, ask yourself today: is it going to be fear that controls you or faith in Jesus that moves you? Remember, fear comes from your enemy, but it was Jesus who said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.”
Jesus is saying that He is greater than any fear that we will ever face, and certainly anything that may make us feel inadequate. You see, His plan for us is to, through his strength, step up and out and see His kingdom come and his will be done on this earth. That’s why the apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
None of us are inadequate. The reality is that we are more than adequate to do the job that we are called to do. Romans 8:37 says that “We are more than conquerors.” That's all of you that belong to Jesus. There is nothing inadequate about a conqueror design by God.
Have a blessed week!