In this article, we’re going to think about how inadequate many of us may feel to serve the Lord. Especially when the Lord has called us to a specific task or calling in life.
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.” (Jer 1:7 ESV) Man’s excuse: I’m too young, Lord!
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exod 3:11) Translation: But Lord, I’m a nobody—I’m insignificant!
Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exod 4:10) Paraphrase: Oh, Lord, I’m just not gifted or talented enough to do this.
But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.” (Exod 4:13) Translation: Please don’t ask me to do this! Won’t you please send someone else?
Face your fears and resist them! When God calls you, He equips you and gives you the grace that you need in order to empower and to enable you to fulfill His call. (See Heb 13:21)
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Cor 9:8) God gives us more than we need in order to lavishly perform good works in His name. Not only that, He will give us mentors and teachers to train us.
God has a strategy in choosing ordinary, sometimes under-educated human beings to do His work in the earth! He chooses people who may even be despised in order to frustrate and to thwart evil powers and principalities. God’s ways are higher than ours–better than ours. (1 Cor 1:25)
He causes His own glory to be seen in us! What an honor.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. (Isa 60:1 ESV)
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1 Cor 1:26-29)
Revel in your weaknesses and recognize that living in and through Christ is your true strength and your hope. (2 Cor 12:9) God bless you.