Have you ever felt uncomfortable about starting something new, especially if it’s a venture for which you felt a bit inadequate?
Having experienced several of these “branching out” seasons in my life, I have often faced discomfort. In a society that idolizes the illusion of complete self-sufficiency we are often conditioned to despise the thought of being even slightly inadequate for something. And although personal competency is not bad or wrong there are a few scenarios which the bible compares a self-sufficient state with another way of living it deems superior.
Being placed in positions which have demanded more of me than I possessed, caused me to face the insufficiency of my own sufficiency. The disciples found themselves in many situations which caused them to face the same thing when they came up against oppositions such as sickness, demonic oppression, stormy seas, crowds that needed to be fed etc. These were all scenarios which required them to turn to Someone greater than themselves to meet the need.
The Apostle Paul captures a life-changing lesson which can be learned from scenarios like these! After describing the call of God on his life to carry the gospel of the new covenant to the Gentiles as releasing “the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ”, he exclaims, “who is equal to such a task?” (2 Cor.2:16 NIV).
In comparison to the false teachers of his day who were using letters of recommendation or other forms of qualifications to convince the people they were in themselves “equal to this task", Paul states,
“Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant.” (2 Cor.3:4-6 NIV)
Paul recognized fully the power in which he stood, qualified by the One who really mattered. When Father God asks us to do something with Him, He intends to resource us with all we need! I have learned to be quicker to trade my wisdom in for His, receive His strength to aggrandize my own, and lean on His love to appease any longings of my heart. In Him is the best of everything. No matter what task or situation we face He knows what to do and is willing to do it!
Being found often un-qualified in the natural for the life Father God is designing for me to live, has led to the wonderful opportunity to be qualified by His grace and strength alone. It is in the moments where we experience the Father’s power moving through us to accomplish something much bigger than ourselves that we can relate to the truth He spoke to Paul when He said,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness!”
(2 Cor.12:8 ESV).
If we truly recognize what an amazing gift the ability to have the grace and power of Father God working through our weakeness’ is, we too will exclaim, “I will boast all the more gladly for my weakeness’, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me!” (2 Cor.12:9)
We will be, in essence, happily un-qualified.
May you feel the love of the Father surrounding you today and know that in Christ you can do all things through Him "who strengthens and empowers you." (Phil.4:13)