God Is Our Sufficiency
By Zacharias T. Fomum
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 God’s 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.
God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s all-inclusive gift. Those who have Him need nothing else.
– Condensed from an earlier issue of Herald of His Coming.