God wants to work through people who are reliant upon Him, not self-sufficient with overconfidence in their own ability. Self is ‘of the flesh’ and our righteousness and works are inadequate to purchase salvation (Isa 64:6; Eph 2:8,9; Tit 3:5).

Jesus even said, “I can of my own self do nothing” (Jn 5:30). He listened to His Father and was obedient to His directions, “It is He living in me that does the work” (Jn 8:28,29, 12:49, 14:10). Make it your goal to be the channel through which God can touch others with heavenly love, wisdom and power, pointing them to the Saviour.

When Moses considered himself inadequate for the task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt, God told him, “You don’t have to do it on your own; I’ll be with you” (Ex 3:9-12). That same promise applies for us too (Josh 1:5,9; Mt 28:20; Heb 13:5). We should look beyond ourselves to God’s resources

Our insufficiency should drive us to rely on His sufficiency

and be in close relationship with Him attempting what is humanly impossible; working co-operatively with God, not independently, for that is when we fail!  God grant us the wisdom to recognise our total dependency on God. What we have of ourselves is insufficient yet God looks for willing hearts and uses what is surrendered to Him.

What is very inadequate can, by a miracle, be multiplied to meet the need (Mt 14:15-21). The important thing is making ourselves and our resources available to God by “each part doing its work” contributing for the overall benefit, remembering the more generously we sow the greater will be the return (2 Cor 9:6-8; Eph 4:16).   Faith inspires us to step out beyond our comfort zone to attempt what seems impossible. Focus on Christ, His abundance, resources and enabling, rather than considering what you are lacking.  My inadequacies can be supplied by His abundance as I humbly acknowledge that though I am weak He is strong; as I walk in obedience, faith and relationship with Him fruit will come from connection to the Vine (Jn 15:4,5). There is no inner ability to bring forth without that life source, yet when there is humble and total reliance on Him we can do everything He asks of us through His strength and enablement (Phil 4:13). Seek first God’s Kingdom and what you need will be supplied according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Mt 6:33; Phil 4:19). If you are in leadership, surround yourself with those who are strong in the areas of your weakness.

See also: impossible, self-sufficiency, sufficient, weakness.