So what is (or should be) our response to feelings of inadequacy as followers of Christ?
Here is a cause-and-effect-and-response that we can employ in 4 common life situations.
- CAUSE: You feel an inadequacy to manage your life.
- EFFECT: This results in insecurity in areas that you want to control such as relationships, finances, your faith, career, and the future.
- RESPONSE: Remember God is great! He is in full control. Recognize Jesus is your best security. Seek God’s Spirit to bring you peace.
- CAUSE: You feel inadequacy to enjoy your life as it is.
- EFFECT: This results in a perpetual pursuit of pleasure and comfort. It’s a life of seeking happiness through excesses in stuff, health, travel, recreation, entertainment, food, and more.
- RESPONSE: Remember God is good! He is the source of lasting joy. Recognize Jesus is your source of comfort. Seek God’s Spirit to bring you joy.
- CAUSE: You feel inadequacy in your identity.
- EFFECT: This results in a need to continually prove yourself and value to others. It can be observed in attention-seeking, appearance, social crowds, achievements, titles, positions, and relationships.
- RESPONSE: Remember God is gracious! Let Jesus be your approval. Let your life be hidden in his in order to take on the identity of God’s child. May God’s Spirit be your seal and guarantee that your identity and inheritance are secure.
- CAUSE: You feel inadequacy to achieve what you want in life.
- EFFECT: This results in a need to produce results. Your life constitutes a pursuit of power, success, influence, position, and control.
- RESPONSE: Remember God is glorious! Let Jesus be your power. He has delivered THE result. This shows us our best pursuit is to live in His Spirit.
Remembering that God is great, good, gracious and glorious allow us to confront feelings of inadequacy.
And it keeps the other stuff (which can be very good) in their proper places.
Which situation do you struggle with most often or most deeply?
How might your life change as a result of changing your response to these feelings of inadequacy?
* This was adapted from a seminar by Scott Thomas.