Dealing With Feelings of Inadequacy
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Cor. 1:26-29).
Do you struggle at times with feelings of inadequacies? I have, and those feelings of inadequacy have caused me to not only experience fear, but to question my calling as a minister of the gospel. How do we overcome these paralyzing feelings? Do we deny them? Do we believe instead that we are adequate and that we do have what it takes? When writing about his accomplishments in the ministry to prove that he was qualified, Paul wrote, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant.” (2 Cor. 3:5-6a).
God doesn’t call us unto salvation or service because we our wise, eloquent or competent. He calls us unto salvation by His grace and equips us for service by His power. When it comes to God’s calling, as someone has wisely said, “our responsibility is our response to His ability. Trust Him to use you by His power and for His glory.