One of our small group leaders shared an insight that she discovered while discussing serving among small group members. The discussion revealed that most people want to serve in ministry, but they are plagued and often paralyzed by the following questions: Can God really use me? Does God want to use me after what I’ve done? Am I worthy enough for such an important role? What if I fail? Am I qualified to serve in ministry?
These questions have existed in the hearts and minds of people since ancient times. Moses didn’t think he could speak eloquently enough and Gideon felt unworthy. Solomon felt unqualified to be king of Israel and Elijah once felt all alone. The Apostle Paul once had as his life mission to destroy the movement of Christianity, yet ended up as one of the greatest missionaries of all time and wrote over half of the New Testament.
The point is this: God doesn’t choose the qualified, the worthy, the social elite or the super gifted and talented;
Serving God is the natural response of our relationship with Him.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Eph 2:10).
The more we grow in our relationship with God the more we want others to experience His love and goodness. It is out of our relationship with Him that we realize the results of our serving lie in His hands. The answers are clear: of course we’re not qualified, worthy or fully equipped…in our own strength and wisdom. However, God has created each and every one of us to have a place of service in His kingdom (1 Cor 12:7). He has gifted each and every person to do their part in order to make the Body of Christ whole (1 Cor 12:12; Romans 12).
The issue that we really struggle with is fear; fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, fear of rejection, fear of making a mistake, and so on. Like Moses, Gideon and so many others, the reason we struggle with these fears is because our focus is on ourselves. When you and I begin to focus on the power and purposes of God, our fears become smaller and smaller. It’s not to say that we will not always have some level of apprehension when asked to step out in faith and serve, but when our focus is on God and His purposes He will give us the courage we need to step forward.
The purpose for which God has designed you is in the context of fulfilling His purposes in the earth.
I want to encourage you today with the truth that God created you for a specific purpose. He has not designed your purpose to make you someone uniquely special for all the world to see. Rather, He has made you uniquely special so that you can do your part in fulfilling His purposes in the earth. You don’t have to figure it all out to get started. Trust Him to lead you, guide you, and equip you to do the thing He’s asking you to do. If you are unsure, start somewhere! Trust me when I say this:
You will begin to hear God more clearly when you are serving His purposes.
Just start somewhere and allow Him to lead you! The classroom of serving is where we learn how God has truly gifted us. Jump in and get ready to embark on the greatest journey of your life!
Keep REACHING FORWARD in your relationship with Christ and He will walk with you into your destiny!