Your Insufficiency is Just Right for this Opportunity

Date: March 22, 2024

I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13


When it comes to the jobs God wants to fill, flawed, imperfect people are encouraged to apply!

Perhaps you’ve got a list of the reasons why you’re a poor candidate for God’s use. “I’m just a taxi driver, or I’m just a stay-at-home mother. I’m poor, or I’m not strong and able to help. I’m not very talented, or I wouldn’t know what to say.” There’s no end to the excuses we use to disqualify ourselves.

But here’s a new question to ask yourself: Why not me? God wants to use you because He specializes in using insufficient provisions and imperfect people. He specializes in working miraculously through even our shortcomings. The whole story of Jesus coming to save us is about what God did when we fell short of what was needed. When we fall short, God shows off His love and power in not just making up the difference but exceeding what we could have asked for or imagined (Ephesians 3:20-21).

God wants to use you for his work after already factoring in your past failures, your present limitations, and the imperfections of your future.  He says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

One man prayed this prayer in remembrance of Jesus multiplying food, saying, “I offer now these incomplete and insufficient provisions, remembering how you, in your days among us, twice blessed inadequate offerings, fashioning them into miraculous feasts….”[1]

Start your day by saying the words of this verse from the Bible book of Philippians: “I can do everything through [Jesus], who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). Through Jesus, all our impossibilities are filled with hope.

[1] McKelvey, Douglas. “A Liturgy Before Taking the Stage.” 2017. LFCC Music. Accessed December 29, 2023.