4 Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. 5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:4–6 NET
Everyone wants to personally feel and be seen as adequate. However our flesh and the evil of the world constantly works against this desire in our lives. Many look in the mirror and feel inadequate. Some arrive at work each day feeling unfit for the job. Parents frequently feel inadequate and ineffective in their God given role of raising children. Some walk into a room of their peers and immediately feel the pressure, shame, and guilt of inadequacy. Our natural tendency to trust and promote ourselves leads us to these hurtful and painful conclusions in life. Certainly when we rely on our own ability, skill, wit, or power we will be lead to a place of inadequacy because despite our best efforts we all fall short in some way at some time. Paul however took a different approach and I would suggest a better approach as well. He says we are not adequate ourselves but our adequacy is from God. What makes you valuable is not what is contained within yourself but rather what comes from the Spirit into yourself. Comparing ourselves to others is seldom beneficial to our moral, self worth, or emotional well being. However understanding that our adequacy comes from our father in heaven rather than from ourselves or others is a huge relief. Brothers and sisters we are not adequate because of what we do, how much we have, where we live, or because of what others think. We are adequate because God says we are! After all He sent His son to die for you, what further proof of your adequacy, and worth do you need? God loves you, and He says you are adequate in Christ Jesus just as you are, rejoice in this wonderful truth!