Adequate inadequacy

Imagine a job interview that measured how much a candidate was willing to be vulnerable or transparent. What if a test for a candidate was able to tell whether he or she was able share his or her own sins, struggles, and compromises? What if you were able to tell whether a person felt inadequate for the job, but had a strong faith and confidence that God had made them adequate for it? If so, you would be able to tell whether a person was truly capable of being a spiritual leader.

Unfortunately most of our measuring systems as Christians are the same as the world’s. They measure past success, self-confidence, personality strengths, etc. In essence they measure as person’s performance not their inner spiritual strength.

In our Wednesday night teleconference study on Transforming the Marketplace (you’ve got to get in on this – we’re having a blast!) we are discovering the secret of spiritual adequacy is a realization of personal inadequacy, and that true confidence to lead and effect a change in others comes from God, not from oneself, and it is usually made real in the middle of one’s struggle and failure.

People who are truly effective to minister are ordinary sinners like you and me, not superstars or spiritual giants or sterling examples of moral perfection. In fact, hand the baton to any of the latter and just wait for the fall. The bigger the impression, the bigger the crash. The people you want to lead you are people who have already crashed and found the secret of adequacy and real strength is Christ in them… in spite of them. Indeed, the real “successful” leaders are those who feel that crash daily in some form and are not afraid to show that. That is what keeps them realizing God’s power in their lives and what also sends a message to everyone around them that it is Christ and not them that we are all following.

[You can hear a recording of last night’s study by dialing 218/237-3850 and using the access code 124393 and recording number 101911. Better yet, join us live next Wednesday, 7 pm Pacific at 218/237-3840.]

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4 Responses to Adequate inadequacy

  1. Neil McCauley says:

    while i believe this to be true, true, true…. it’s scares the heck out of me….and yet leaves me able to breath easier at the same time??? Remember pulling a band-aid off a nasty brush burn? well, pulling of our/my masks is no picnic either.

  2. Lois Taylor says:

    In the movie “Courageous” (written, produced, and directed by folks from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia) one of the characters is offered a new job with a good raise. The boss tells him that he has to do something dishonest in the job in order to get the job. The character doesn’t like the idea at all and asks if he can think it over. The boss tells him to think it over and let him know in the morning if he will follow the directive (be dishonest) and take the job. The character talks it over with his wife and says that he cannot, in good conscience, take the job because it is against his Christian beliefs. He goes into the boss’ office the next morning and tells the boss that he cannot, in good conscience, do what the boss asks of him. The boss looks at him and tells him that he was the only person who responded that way and he got the job. It turned out to be a test to see how honest he was. This job interview measured his honesty. Not a bad idea…..

  3. Wanda says:

    Sorry I missed the Bible Study last night, but will be listening to the recording. I have been a Christian most of my life and have gone through some tough situations. I haven’t always understood why things happen the way they do but situations have worked out for the glory of God. Learning to stay closer/depending on the Lord makes a world of difference! Maybe that is exactly what I needed at that time in my life.

    God Bless you!

  4. Birdie says:

    Once again a breath of fresh air… I am breathing it in and taking to work today to breath it upon and into others. Thanks!

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