The Danger Of Being Too People Conscious
When it became clear that I should give more attention to my calling counseling, I came up with several reasons why it would be difficult or impossible for me to fulfill that assignment. I thought about how people especially friends and family would accept and respond to metalk about abuses especially sexual abuse, reaching out to women in abusive relationships, praying for and with people who have made wrong relationship choices, encouraging teen moms and sharing the love of Jesus generally. I thought about my own personal past struggles and if people would believe me. I also feared that people would judge me wrongly.
I Wanted To Run My Life My Way
Although I knew that the scripture clearly states that His grace is sufficient for me to do whatever He commissions me to do, I just could not take the first step. It was just too big to even accept. I considered if the assignment would hinder my pursuit of MY OWNdream career. I even considered if some friends will not see me as being too over-spiritual. I struggled with if I was good enough or not and it took me years to fully walk in that path.
Obedience is priceless!
The peace of obedience cannot be imagined; it is better experienced. There’s this freedom that overwhelms you when you finally yield to something God is asking you to do.And truly, we do not need to have any special skill for God to use us. The problem is, we judge ourselves too critically and often think that God might be mistaken for choosing us. Ihave learnt that God doesn’t need anyone to approve of you before He would use you. You are good enough for Him just the way you are.
Sounded Like A Joke To Him
This was how Gideon felt (not good enough) when God visited him and told him He was going to deliver the children of Israel from the Midianites through him. Unbelievable! According to Gideon’s judgement of himself, there was just everything not right about him yet God would choose him? It must be a joke! It was because of his skepticism about being the chosen one that made him put God to test.
And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. Judges 6: 14-15
Circumstances Do Not Define Us
In the passage above, God had earlier addressed Gideon with a title that directly was in contrast to his current situation, “Thou mighty man of valor.” I like to guess that Gideon would have chuckled in disbelief and go “are you referring to me?”“Yes, you mighty man,” the Spirit would have replied. The truth is, if we want to know who we really are then we have to look through the eyes of God, His word. Our circumstances and experiences do not define us.
You Are Chosen
Having heard the headline of his assignment, you would notice that he didn’t say he would not go but he started to list all the reasons why that may not be possible (poverty and being the least in a family that is not even recognized). But you see, God doesn’t see our mistakes and our past when He chooses us for an assignment. Once we ask Him for forgiveness, He wipes our slate clean and gives us another opportunity. Even when we think our weakness may become a hindrance to saying “Yes Lord,” remember Moses had speech impediment. Hand your weaknesses over to Him in prayers.
God Has A Good Plan For You
Whatever you may be going through or people miss-judging you because of your seemingly ‘ugly’situation (your dirty, unthinkable past), God’s plan for your live CANNOT be altered. And it is a good plan. Eventually in spite of his complaints and putting God to test, He yielded to the assignment. That is all that matters; becoming all God destined you to be in spite of whatever circumstance. God has good plans for you. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jer. 29:11
You may not seem qualified by the world’s standard, people might even write you off by certain disadvantaged perceived about you, don’t let that discourage you. Don’t give up on yourself because God won’t! Are you born again? If so then you have the Limitless Life of God in you. God is able to bring His purpose to pass in your life. You are good enough!
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