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.

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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!


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


  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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