by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday March 13, 2006
Inadequacy as a Barrier
Do you ever feel unequal to the task God has set in front of you? At times, all of us struggle with feelings of inadequacy because some responsibilities appear to be bigger than one human is able to accomplish. Problems can develop when we wear inadequacy like a cloak in order to protect ourselves from doing the Lord’s work. We sometimes try to convince ourselves that a task is too great and He should not expect so much.
Inadequacy can cause us to turn away from some tremendous God-given opportunities. For example, sometimes the Lord provides a situation that is just right for sharing the Good News of Christ with a coworker, family member, or acquaintance. But how many times do we back off and end up squandering such opportune moments because we’re afraid that we won’t know what to say?
Inadequacy grows out of fear — specifically, fear of failure and fear of not meeting people’s expectations. No matter how unqualified we feel, apprehension is not an acceptable excuse for avoiding responsibility. The truth is that no believer feels adequate to accomplish some of the awesome tasks God calls us to do. But the Holy Spirit is adequate! As believers, we do not have to possess perfect qualifications or skills; we need only to be willing.
What have you refused to do for the Lord because you feel inadequate? Second Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has given us a spirit of power, not one of timidity. All the believer has to do is step out in faith; the Holy Spirit’s strength and courage will be there to meet us.
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