Sunday, August 18, 2013

Good News -- Yes, You Are Insufficient.


Have you ever felt insignificant?  Have you ever wondered what possible good you can do?  You have so few resources, and the problem is so very big.  You are just one person, and the task is so impossibly huge.  You look at yourself, and you see nothing of significance.  You look at what you have, and all the cupboards are bare.  What can you do?

The good news is that you are just the kind of person God is looking for. 

It matters not how many you are, or what resources you have at your disposal.  It matters only what faith you have in the One who sent you. 

You are not sufficient!!!  The good news is, God is sufficient.  The even better news is, He Himself is your sufficiency.  "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God." "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." (2 Corinthians 3:5, 9:8).

Jonathan and his armor bearer were not sufficient.  They could have come up with many reasons not to take on the whole Philistine army all by themselves.  But they did not look on the fact that they were only two against thousands.  They considered that they were three against the Philistine’s thousands, and the presence of the Third much much more than made up for all that they lacked.

When 32,000 soldiers under the command of Gideon went to fight against the overwhelmingly vast armies of the Midianites, they were very insufficient for the task.  And God said to Gideon, “This will never do.  There are way too many of you.”  And so, God cut Gideon’s already hopelessly outnumbered army down to just three hundred men, armed only with trumpets and lamps hidden in clay pots. And by them God routed all the vast armies of the Midianites.  Yes, Gideon and his men were much more than merely insufficient, but God much much more than made up for the lack. 

When Jesus asked the disciples what they had on hand to feed the multitudes, the disciples said there was among all these people nothing more than five loves and two fishes.  There just was not enough, nowhere near enough.  But when those ever so meager loaves and fishes were given to Jesus, Jesus blessing them gave them right back to the disciples.  And coming, blessed, from Jesus’ hand, those five loaves and two fishes proved to be much more than enough. 
 
So what about you?  Not smart enough? Not eloquent enough?  Not rich enough? Not influential enough? Not something enough?  It doesn’t matter.  Jesus is always much more than enough. And so if you have Jesus, what else could you possibly need.
 
1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
 
Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things?
 
1 Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.