God Would Never Call Me To [Fill In The Blank]
By: Kristen McNulty
I've heard it said. I've said it myself. "God would never call me to [fill in the blank]" and then the excuses pour out like water from a tap. We believe we're not popular enough, strong enough, brave enough, gifted enough, knowledgeable enough, the list goes on. And if you expected me to say those statements are simply not true, surprise. I firmly believe that yes, more often than no,t we don't have what is needed to witness to our friends, take on a ministry, leave the comforts of home for the mission field or step out to reach the lost, the hurting, and the broken. But there is a gigantic "but" coming here. We don't have what is needed, but God does and that's the whole point.
You know God is calling you to do something, after all the Bible makes it clear that all of us are supposed to be doing something for the kingdom, not biding our time until we get to heaven or Jesus comes back. So you've got the call, but God isn't asking you to wait until you feel adequate. No, He's asking you to step out in faith and prepare to be blown away as He meets you in that place and provides exactly what is needed to get the job done. If you thought the only way God provides for us is financially you're missing the boat. He provides strength for the weak, ability to those who lack it, grace for those who have failed, and power to the powerless. So the statement "God would never call me to [fill in the blank]" needs to be exchanged for a question, "Are you willing to step out and trust that He will go with you and that He is enough?"
Make no mistake, if you step out, God will meet you in that place and give you exactly what you need to get the job done. After all,
Gideon was called to lead a mighty army to victory on the battlefield, yet his family was the weakest clan and he was the least in his family.
Moses was called to be the voice of his people even though he had a speech impediment.
And David, the young boy with no experience on the battle field, was called to defeat Goliath, who had taken down one soldier after another.
And sure enough, Gideon lead the army to victory. Moses spoke on behalf of a nation and changed the course of history. And David took down Goliath with only a few stones.
Not only will God do incredible things when you look past your limitations and instead place your trust in Him, but your relationship with Him will go deeper as you are very much made aware of your need for Him in all you do. Like David Platt wrote in his book Radical,
"God actually delights in exalting our inability. He intentionally puts His people in situations where they come face to face with their need for Him."
So when God calls you, don't dismiss the call but instead take a step of faith and watch what He does in your life and in the lives of the people He calls you to reach out to.
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