Do You Feel Adequate For The Task?

Adequate For The Task

And who is adequate for such a task as this?
                                                2 Corinthians 2:16 (b) NIV

This Sunday was a big day for me.  I preached at my home church in Hamilton, ON with a crowd that included a lot of family, friends, former members of my teenage youth group and members of the Jr. High youth group I led. Preaching from the pulpit that brought me a large majority of the sermons I’ve heard seemed quite surreal.  People may find this hard to believe but in the morning of the day I spoke I was a nervous wreck. I began to question whether or not I was adequate for the task.

Do You Feel Adequate For The Task?

Before I spoke, thoughts of inadequacy were running through my head.  Phrases were flitting through my mind, mocking me: “I’m divorced”, “These people knew me when I was young and immature”, “My family knows all my flaws”, “who am I to stand in the pulpit where so many great men and women of the faith have stood?”, did I mention, “I’m divorced”.  I questioned my right to do anything for God.

The truth is, I’m not adequate and neither are you.

None of us are.  Paul came to this conclusion when sending the letter to the Corinthians.  Just a few verses after his question “And who is adequate for such a task as this?” Paul settles the answer in his mind when he says, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”1

If you haven’t heard it said, you need to hear it…

God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

Today, don’t let yourself question if you’re adequate for the task.  Walk in confidence to do all you’re called to, knowing your competence comes from God!

Prayer

Father…I’m relieved to know the pressure is off of me.  I don’t have to be good enough, because You are!  Help me to walk with lighter steps today trusting in your all-sufficiency. Your divine power has given me everything I need for life and godliness.2  Thank You for making me, adequate for the task.  In Jesus Name…Amen  

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1        2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV
2           2 Peter 1:3

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  1. 2 Corinthians 2:16 (b)
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
  3. 2 Peter 1:3
  4. Genesis 41:16

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Comments(17)

  1. Nicole Kauffman says

    SUCH encouragement. I think we all go through times of feeling inadequate. Especially in ministry! Satan wants nothing more than to hinder our effectiveness in the Kingdom! Thanks for this encouragement, it is so so important! 🙂

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Nicole,
      Sorry it took me forever to reply. We moved the day this post released and I just couldn’t keep up. Praying you stay encouraged to minister as HE has made you more than adequate.
      Be Blessed & Refreshed,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. Deanna says

    🙂 I just read another posting where Holley Gerth was talking about hiding in her hotel room in her jammies not wanting to go downstairs and speak to all the women she was about to speak to. I think we all have those moments of wondering if we are enough? My hurdle has always been thinking I had to earn the Lord’s blessings driving me to strive for perfection and driving myself crazy and finally realizing he loves me the way I am and that my circumstances aren’t the measurement of his approval or disapproval. Thanks for sharing! I bet your youth group kids loved it!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Deanna,
      We truly ALL struggle with this. They key is conquering the fear when it rears its ugly head. Hoping me sharing how I face the struggles in life help others to overcome. My youth group kids did love it! We moved last week on top of all the speaking engagements so I haven’t even gone on to my social media to see the pictures. It was an unbelievable time, kinda surreal going back there having so many friends and family come back to be there. Praying you’re blessed beyond measure today!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  3. Michele Morin says

    Sherry, I love this — and I’m so happy for you that you got to “go back home” and share your gift. The accusation that comes flying at me from the pit is this: “You’re a fraud. If they knew who you really were, no one would listen to you teach. No one would read your words.” The only thing I’ve ever found that gives courage for those moments is steady doses of truth. I can always tell when I’ve been “coasting” because me fears find me and speak loudly!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      Sorry it took me so long to reply but we moved. I agree with you. The only thing that conquers my fears is loud declarations of God’s truth about me and my circumstances. I have quoted this verse to refute the lie of inadequacy:
      2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (NIV)
      “Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…”
      Praying you too KNOW the truth of your adequacy in Christ. You are a gifted, God-inspired communicator and minister of the gospel. Many blessings to you.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  4. Valerie Sisco says

    Hi Sherry,
    What a wonderful honor to speak at your church — I’m sure it was an incredible experience! Your words are so true that we aren’t up to the tasks on our plate sometimes, but that’s when we have to put our strength in God, who can handle all of our feelings and needs! xo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Valerie,
      So sorry I’m just replying now. We moved last week and I didn’t have internet much of the week. Eek 🙂
      It was an incredible honor to speak at my home church. It was kind of surreal, in a completely wonderful way!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  5. Erin says

    Sherry, this is a powerful testimony to God’s goodness, faithfulness, and love. Your transparency makes you incredibly relatable. We have all been in your shoes. I love your prayer and the quote, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” You have conquered your fear of inadequacy and now you can rejoice in His power and love. (Psalm 46:10)

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    • Sherry Stahl says

      Erin,
      Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I wish that I had conquered my fear of inadequacy, but I’m not sure I have. I conquered it that day and I’m choosing to fight the feelings of inadequacy each time they rears up again. I do think it gets easier each time you face that it. The determination that got you through it before is a strength in our weakness.
      Be Blessed & Refreshed,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  6. Susan Shipe says

    I’m glad it went well. I’d like to know more about down-sizing?

    • Sherry Stahl says

      What part of down-sizing would you like to know about? Feel free to email me anytime at info@sherrystahl.com
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Great to hear! Hope it helps you grow in health and wellness 🙂
      ~Sherry

  8. Valerie Murray says

    Such a great post-Sherry! I admire all speakers because public speaking is something that is so scary for me. Thank you for being real and sharing those thoughts you struggled with before you spoke. I love the poster too! Also, thank you for visiting my blog today. It was really a blessing to me!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Valerie,
      It was my pleasure to visit your blog. You’re doing a great job! Sorry for the delayed response, but we moved and I had so many events I just couldn’t keep up 🙂
      Be Blessed & Refreshed,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  9. Maree Dee says

    If only my first thoughts were that God will equip, instead of how inadequate I feel for the task. I waste precious time in that area. Great post, It has given me a great deal of encouragement. Maree

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