Summer United: Inadequacy is our Opportunity
We are called to great responsibility, but we have a nagging question “Do I have what it takes?” What we do with our nagging question, establishes who we become. Oftentimes we feel inadequate and we run away from our purpose.
How do we stop fearing inadequacy and instead run toward opportunity?
#1.) Accept responsibility from God
We can’t be the people God has called us to be unless we first accept the responsibility God has placed on our lives. Many of us want to run from what we’re supposed to do because we feel we don’t have what it takes. Don’t shrink back from your calling because you feel inadequate. God’s purpose for you is to run towards what other people are running from. Your destiny is often found in the thing you are afraid to engage.
“The distance between who you are and who God wants you to be is the pain your are unwilling to endure.” – Craig Groeschel
Run towards a relationship with Jesus and commit to:
- The local church
- Accountable relationships with others
- Holiness and purity
- Working hard & developing a great work ethic
- Financial health
#2.) Accept identity from God
Identity is often measured by achievements. Failure causes people to avoid challenges and to shrink back from their purpose, for fear of being identified as a failure. Success creates pressure to keep producing and achieving.
Identity needs to be found somewhere else – with God.
He allows us to perform without pressure or fear of failing. Our identity doesn’t come from our achievements or our failures. Instead, our identity is from Christ, who gives us stability to go after what we are called to do.
#3.) Accept wisdom, direction & power from God
When confronted with impossibility, we have to look for a different solution. Moses was confronted with an impossible situation and God provided for him.
22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” 25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
In your difficult situations, ask God to give you wisdom and direction. When you feel inadequate, ask God to give you the power you need to complete your calling.
#4.) Point others to the source instead of acting like the source
Our ultimate job is to introduce those in our care to the One who can ultimately care for them. We can perform from an identity instead of for one.
In Jesus Christ, we have everything we need.
Our inadequacy is our opportunity, not our impossibility. Run toward your purpose without fear of inadequacy.
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Podcast-Inadequacy Is Our Opportunity