Americans like to be good at everything and have everything together. This cultural value causes confusion and problems in the church. Many American Christians (myself included) can find themselves destructively, unconsciously mixing this self-sufficiency value with biblical truth. The result is belief in and bondage to a lie: that God is looking for you to become increasingly sufficient and have everything together in order for God to really use you.
Do you see how ridiculous this sounds? “The All-Sufficient God wants you to be sufficient so that he can show off your sufficiency, instead of his!” Ridiculous.
The pulse-beat of the Bible and the Christian life is one that highlights human insufficiency and God’s sufficiency. This, this discovery of personal weakness that taps you into God’s strength, is the proven path that leads people, churches, and movements of the gospel into deeper intimacy with God and wider influence for God. Long ago an insufficient man named Paul put it well:
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God…” -2 Corinthians 3:5Don’t pursue sufficiency today. Instead, pursue insufficient sufficiency. Discover the freedom of bringing your inadequacy to God and letting him fill you with his adequacy.