God Is Our Sufficiency
Normally when a person receives a distinctive ministry from the Lord, there will be a deep sense of entire unworthiness for the task. (I am amazed by the fact that people scramble for spiritual office. Such people are blind and very unfit for ministry. They have not understood what it is all about.) When the Lord called Moses and gave him the ministry that He had for him, the first words that came from him were, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" (Ex. 3:11). He had learned his lesson in the School of Humiliation well! He was saying, "I am unworthy. I am unfit for this task. It is beyond me."
Those who clearly receive ministries from the Lord by revelation see their inadequacy. They may be very gifted and very talented, but they will realize that this is spiritual ministry that can only be done in the power of the Holy Spirit, and that flesh, human methods, human training, and human techniques will fail utterly. Fools rush to ask for what they cannot do.
When a man sees the glory of God, the magnitude of the call and the high demands of an uncompromising God and sees himself in all his weakness and failure, he will say like Isaiah, "Woe is me!" (Isa. 6:5). However, when a person has that kind of feeling it shows that he is the right man for the ministry. Why is that so? It is so because all that can be done with natural strength, natural ability, and other merely human attributes is not a work of God.
When a man sees his inadequacy, he has discovered that spiritual ministry can only be carried out by the intervention of God, who out of mercy would pour out His Holy Spirit without measure. Such a person will then depend absolutely on the Lord and will do everything to pay the full price for the Lord to work. Those who count on themselves only or who count partly on the Lord and partly on themselves, or on something else will not wait on the Lord to the same extent and will consequently see less of Godís work done.
There are some who are spiritually impotent today who think that another year in the Bible school will remedy their impotence. Others think that another degree will do it. Some even think that a more modern meeting place with large musical instruments and a big choir will do it. This is unquestionable folly. Spiritual power belongs to God and because God is everywhere, those who pay the price will receive power. Without the price paid, ten Bible schools, ten degrees, the most modern meeting place, the most modern musical instruments, and a choir of ten thousand will fill him with pride, but not with power.
Godís Answer to Spiritual Inadequacy
When Moses said, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" God answered back with a word of assurance. He said to Moses, "I will be with you." It was Godís original purpose to give that to Moses as the only guarantee: His presence with him. God was saying to Moses something like: "I have come down to deliver them. I will do it through you. I will be in you to do it. I will be the one acting. If I could fail, you would fail, but because I cannot fail, you will not fail."
God was saying to Moses in effect: "You go. My presence is enough for you." May God open the eyes of all to whom He has committed distinctive ministries to see that His presence is enough and that all that they need is found in Him. Many today feel that they have the Lord Jesus but that He is not enough. They, therefore, look outside the Lord Jesus for something that will give them sufficiency. This is sad!
God calls people to impossible tasks. He calls people to that which they will never do on their own. He does this so that when the task is accomplished, it will be obvious that He did it all.
The presence of the Lord is all that is needed for any distinctive ministry. The Lord Jesus is Godís all-inclusive gift. Those who have Him need nothing else. The hymn writer wrote:
"Yea, all I need in Thee to find
O Lamb of God, I come!...."
Many are not satisfied with Jesus. They want Jesus plus signs. God in His infinite wisdom has ordained that signs come after; that signs follow rather than go before His people. He has ordained it this way because His desire is that those to whom He has entrusted distinctive ministries should walk by faith and not by sight.
Those who walk by faith will have signs following. Those who want to walk by signs will not go far. God asked Moses to go ahead and signs would follow.
Even at the present there is an inward sign Ė the assurance of the Holy Spirit Ė that all that God has promised will come to pass. There is that inward peace that He imparts to His servants to assure them that they are in the right place and that He will never leave them. This is something in the human spirit of the servant of God that causes him to be unmoved in the face of great difficulties while all around are losing their heads.
God furthermore told Moses to go and tell the people, "I AM hath sent me unto you" (Ex. 3:14). The God who is I AM is available for the needs of all His servants.
If their need is power, He says, "I am your power," and becomes their power.
If they are lonely, He says, "I am your Friend."
If they are weary, He says, "I am your strength."
If there are great obstacles, He says, "I am the One who takes away all obstacles." He is everything that His servants need.
The question is, "Will His servants take Him for that and move ahead or will they wait behind and look for this and that sign?" We know that Moses asked for signs, and that Gideon placed his fleece before God, and that the apostles cast lots to find Judasís replacement. There is nothing very wrong in these things. However, they betray spiritual immaturity. For Godís promises are more than all the miracles that are possible, for, when miracles cease, He is there. So the spiritually mature choose to walk by faith and not by sight and they satisfy Godís heart as others can never do.
God, make me into such a person! Lord, make us into such people!