“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Matthew 13:55

Inadequate. Not good enough. If you’re human, you’ve likely felt this way. Maybe at work, as a spouse, a parent, or a servant of the Lord. We’ve all had those moments where we look at our situation and think, “I can’t do that; I’m not good enough.” We know that we should turn to God to strengthen us where we are weak, but that seems so impossible. What would God know about not being good enough? He is all-knowing, all-powerful, pretty much all-everything. How can he relate to my inadequacy? Because God became human in Jesus Christ, that’s why. When we look at Jesus’ ministry, most of the time He is astonishing crowds with his sermons and miracles; sure, the Pharisees criticize Him, but everyone knows about their issues. Most of the time it seems that Jesus is the epitome of “good enough” or, often, even more than that. However, on a visit to His hometown, Jesus was confronted with inadequacy. His fellow Nazarenes listened to him, and in Matthew 13 verse 54, it says they were amazed. That doesn’t exactly sound like Jesus was facing inadequacy. However, if you keep reading, you learn that they were amazed (like shocked and full of doubt) because they didn’t believe that a carpenter’s son could be God’s son, and they “took offense at him,” so Jesus left without performing many miracles because of their lack of faith (verse 56-58). I’m pretty sure that being rejected by His hometown helped Jesus understand feeling inadequate. We can relate to hearing the comments Jesus heard and feeling discouraged too: Isn’t she just a nurse, teacher, stay-at-home mom? Based on her family and background, she doesn’t have a chance. She’s just from a small town, there’s no way she’ll be able to make it. How could God use her? Sometimes we tell ourselves these things; sometimes it comes from others. Regardless, though, Jesus heard them too: He’s just a carpenter’s son; He comes from an ordinary family, He can’t really be sent by God. Our Savior understands rejection and the fear of inadequacy. So often we let our feelings of inadequacy act as an excuse to give up, sometimes even before we start. For whatever reasons, we don’t feel good enough to be able to accomplish something, so we don’t even attempt it. What we fail to realize is that we don’t have to be good enough because God is. He is not just good enough, he is better than good. Where we see inadequacy, God sees a chance to show the world what He can do. If God has placed a task on our hearts, but we give up on it because we don’t think we’re good enough, we are really giving up on Him. It’s not just saying that we are inadequate, but that God is inadequate. Would you ever consider saying to the Lord: “You’re not good enough to take a nurse, teacher, or stay-at-home mom, a woman from a broken home, from a failed marriage, or from a life of mistakes and use her to further God’s kingdom.” Never in a million years would we say God’s not good enough, yet we tell ourselves that all the time. Genesis 1:27 tells us that we were created in His (God’s) image, so when we listen to the message of inadequacy, we accuse God of creating an inadequate being. Because we have been created in His image, He fills in the holes that inadequacy creates. When we begin to doubt what God can do with and through us, we can pray, “God help me understand that you get inadequacy because Jesus felt it in His hometown. Lord, remind me that you are my source, that I am created in Your image, and that you are good enough even when I don’t think I am.”

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