Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh (sinful nature) but according to the spirit.”
Have you ever noticed that whenever God gives you something to do one of the first things that may pop into your head is “I can’t do this? I’m not worthy enough to do this Lord.”
We sometimes look at ourselves through our own eyes or the eyes of others and not through the eyes of God. If we could see ourselves through God eyes, we would be very surprised at what we see. God does not see a work in progress, He sees a finished masterpiece.
We are so busy encouraging others and pushing others to use their gifts, but when was the last time you encouraged yourself to use your gifts? When was the last time you just encouraged yourself because you needed it?
When God makes a request that you think is beyond your abilities you may wonder, why is God asking me to do this? Doesn’t He know who I am? Yes, God does know who you are. You are the redeemed of the Lord. He brought you out of darkness into the marvelous light. You are a royal priesthood, a holy nation. You sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.
God did not save and deliver you from the mess that you were in to sit in His kingdom and do nothing. You are now a citizen of Heaven and something is required of you.
You may say, I have tried to do things in my church and people got jealous of me or they shot down every idea that I came up with. Let me tell you this, you are going to face opposition, even in the church. Some of the greatest people of the bible had to deal with jealousy in their families or so call friends.
Ø Joseph’s brothers were jealous enough to kill him.
Ø David was anointed to be king, but Saul who was still king and God’s anointed sought to kill David on numerous occasions.
David, the young man Saul called son. Surely you have not run for your life from a friend who sought to take you out.
Listen, the devil is not going to sit back and let you serve God freely. First he will start with the opposition from within. He will remind you over and over of what you used to do/be. Then he will try to make you feel guilty and unworthy to be used of God. Romans 12: 1 tells us that we are no longer condemned because we don’t allow our flesh to dictate to us. Our lives, minds and hearts are filled with the desire to please God.
So why is God asking you to do something that you don’t think you are capable of doing? Because greater is He that's in you, than he that's in the world.
You may be doubting yourself in your heart, but, 1 John 3:20 “For if our hear condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”
Don’t you know that God already knows you are flawed?
Consider this...have you been fasting and praying and asking God to use you? Have you humbled yourself before Him and said, “if you can use anything Lord you can use me.” “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy tried and true.”
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” This is what prompted God to assign you this task. You have humbled yourself and God is rewarding you by lifting you up and calling you to a place in Him where you can be of service to Him.
Living according to the word offers benefits and promises, but it also calls attention to you! God knows what He has invested in you. He knows that He can trust you to go out and successfully complete the task He set before you. You, yes you will be sent out to reap a harvest for the Kingdom. Your life will be the light which draws the unbelievers to the Kingdom.
It’s ok if you still have a few flaws, some spots or irritating idiosyncrasies. God was able to save you wasn’t He? So He’s able to perfect (mature) you. Jesus is the author and perfector (finisher) of our faith so don’t worry about what others say. Don’t worry about being smart enough or holy enough. It’s not you performing the task, it’s God working through you.
God gave me a sermon several years ago titled, “He Says, She says, but what does God say?”
What God says is very important. He has the last word. Continue to be obedient to God and whatever He’s given you to do, be encouraged. Be obedient.
Thank you...for this, if we couldn't do the task that God puts before us...we would never know of the tasks to begin with...to question our abilities is to question God's authority, for He has given us the power...we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us...thank you this was lovely, and powerful...thank you for being a blessing to the body of Christ.