I would say it’s safe to say that we all feel inadequate at some point in life. And if I were to be even more honest, I would say that most of us have felt inadequate multiple times in our life. But what makes us feel that way? What exactly are we inadequate to? In order to feel inadequate to something we must first have something to compare ourself with.
In scripture we find many accounts where people gave excuses to God because they felt inadequate. One example is Moses. He gave God multiple excuses of why he was not good enough to do the mission on which God called him (Exodus 4:10, 6:30). The truth was, though, that it didn’t matter what skill or quality Moses possessed, it was God who was working in and through him.
Unfortunately in our culture, there are many options available to see how we are not measuring up. As soon as we take our eyes off of Jesus we start to sink and feel inadequate. Just like Peter did when he walked on water. Peter was totally inadequate to walk on water, but as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he was succeeding in what he was called to do. Right when he looked away, he sunk (Matthew 14:29-30).
In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul talks about how we are to boast in Christ in us and not in ourselves. We are pretty much inadequate without Christ, but with Him, we are unstoppable. When our identity rests in Christ we should experience nothing but peace and assurance.
It is crucial that we keep our eyes on Jesus and daily abide in Him. This is the only way in which we can live a life in love, focused on others’ needs and not on our own short comings. Feeling inadequate sucks up our time and keeps us from fulfilling the purpose God has for us.
The only one to whom we should compare ourself to is Christ – and none of us will measure up – ever. Romans 3:10 says that there is not one that is righteous. We are all sinful creatures. So when we compare ourself to others in the flesh, we are comparing ourself to other sinners. We all have different areas in our lives that are more tempting than others, and we are all different in our talents and personalities. But we are all created by God and in God’s image. And we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).
Rest in Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him. That is where your identity is found.