July 5, 2015
At some point, each of us struggles with the question of adequacy. The ability to measure up; to achieve; to be self-sufficient; to be competent. Pressure comes from family, friends, church, community, and from within us.
But, what happens if we don't measure up? What happens when we achieve great things and then nobody notices? Do people really care what we think or feel? Does life seem like a rat race and the rats are winning? Very often, it seems, we are treading water in 20 foot swells, breathing more water than air, and knowing that we do not have what it takes to keep going.
Paul takes on the question of our adequacy in 2 Corinthians 3:5: "Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God" (NASB).
Strangely, the way to be made adequate is to admit that we are not adequate. Rather than trying to "tough it out" or just trying harder we need to agree with God that we, in and of ourselves, do not have what it takes. Our adequacy, our strength, self-worth, ability, and standing before God can only come from the almighty God of creation.
Friends and family may place artificial standards of adequacy on us. We may even place burdensome standards on ourselves. But, it is God through Jesus Who makes us to be adequate. That's a game changer should we choose to accept what God has done for us. It is not the standards of people we must live up to but God's standard. God, Who makes us adequate before Him and for what He has created and called us to do.
The unsurrendered parts of our lives are like dirt in the pipes (ever tried to unclogged a clogged pipe? YEECH). The unsurrendered parts of our lives restrict the flow of God's power in us. It is our pride, our desires for adequacy achieved apart from God, that keep us from experiencing the confidence of His power in our lives. If we are willing to let Him have control of our lives then who can criticize us? Who can say we are inadequate? Let them argue with God. For, it is God Who is at work in and through us.