enough

 

I heard a story of a group of leaders who were sitting around a table at dinner bemoaning the scant resources they had to work with. The gist of the conversation was if they only had more they would be able to accomplish so much more. If only they had more leaders to deploy, more staff to help administrate things, and more money to pay for it all. The problem, in the mind of these leaders, was that they did not have enough.

 

Bob Logan, a well-known coach, especially in the area of starting churches, had been sitting quietly as he listened to this complaint-fest. Finally, he couldn’t take it any more. Quietly, but authoritatively, he said, “Gentlemen, God has given you everything you need to accomplish the work he has given you to do. If you don’t feel you have the resources you need, either, you are trying to do what God has not asked you to do, or, you are not being a good steward of what you already have.”

 

2 Peter 1:3 is the definitive verse on this topic: “His [Jesus our Lord, cf v2] divine power [no greater source than that] has given [it is already in our possession] us [we must think interdependently] everything [that pretty much covers it all] needed [it doesn’t say desired] for life [that’s a big category too] and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

 

If you don’t feel you have enough, you need to rethink your position. I can think of three critical areas where there is enough. And it’s enough to keep you busy and enough to accomplish a great deal.

 

Gifts

You have enough people gifted by God. Each person you have been called to oversee and steward has been divinely gifted for the common good (1 Cor 12:7). Even if your church is down to a dozen people, that is twelve people supernaturally endowed by God to manifest something beautiful (remember, gifts is charis which is beauty) through them. 1 Corinthians 12:11 says the Spirit “allots to each one individually” so everyone is gifted, and everyone is gifted uniquely. As a leader, you are to draw out and affirm that gift. You also, need to develop that gift. That is part of your equipping role, according to Ephesians 4. That alone is enough to keep you busy.

 

Gospel

The message you have is enough. Romans 1:16 says the gospel “is the power of God for salvation.” There is no greater power than the power of God. This is the power which flows from the message of the cosmic plan of God, from before the foundation of the world, which he fulfilled through the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is the message that makes people whole. It is enough to meet the need people have to be saved from the wrath of a righteous God.

 

Grace

There is enough grace. Paul realized how ridiculous ministry really is. Messed-up, fragmented, often mean people (Christians, in case you didn’t realize) are telling other people the way to be right with God. Paul told one of his congregations, “Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence us from God.” ( 2 Cor 3:5) Paul understood how weak he was to accomplish any part of the work of God in people. Paul also understood God’s grace was enough. God had revealed that truth to him directly: “My grace is sufficient  for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

 

You have enough. It’s all there. If you still don’t feel you have enough, you must ask yourself the question whether you are trying to do something God has not asked you to do or whether you’re simply squandering what you have.

 

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