Inspiration, Spirituality

Accepting the Mantle

I wrote a blog called small purpose, great rewards some time ago. While I was writing it, I though about those persons who feel called to a larger purpose, but have difficulty accepting the mantle.

I thought about those who like to remain behind the scenes, but are called to make a scene. Those who prefer to hide their light, but are called to  display their light on a lamp stand.

Many persons who fit this bill would instinctively prefer to work in areas that allows them to stay inside their comfort zones. One that does not stretch them too far from where they feel safe.

Many are uneasy with the idea of purpose that is outside of their nature.To them this can be overwhelming.

What makes doing work for God great, however, is when we use our abilities for his purposes, he strengthens us. We are not expected to function only in our strength but to rely on God as the giver of whatever is needed to fulfill his purposes. It is God who empowers us, not us doing it independently.

There are many examples in the bible of persons who thought that they were incapable of doing God’s work and God having to remind them that it is he that empowers, not man.

One of my favorite passage to this effect is when, Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4: 10-12. God assures Moses that he would be there to help him even though Moses struggled to accept this.

What I like about our state of unfitness is that it allows the Holy Spirit to work in us where we are incapable, and therefore God gets the glory.

Sometimes we have to grow into the positions that God has called us to. 

No growth will take place within us if we avoid things that we are uncomfortable with. Though stepping outside our comfort zone might seem daunting, it is well worth it because it will provide you with a sense of accomplishment.

Each time we step outside our comfort zone, it confirms within us that we are more capable than we realize. Daniel Coyle alludes to this by saying, “be willing to be uncomfortable. The key to successfully mastering a skill is our willingness to linger in that uncomfortable area and learn to tolerate the anxiety” (Daniel Coyle The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s how).

Rest assured that God has you in the palm of his hands. He is aware of your every move. He has a plan and a purpose for your life, so trust him and step out of the shadows into the light.

Talk-Back: What do you do if you feel that God wants you to do something that is outside your comfort zone

8 thoughts on “Accepting the Mantle

  1. Thank you and God bless you, Latoya. It’s like you are speaking about me and to me. This is really a confirmation for me. Where God is leading me is scary, and daunting. Yes I would like to remain unknown and behind the scenes, but God is calling me out. Thanks for your encouragement to be obedient to the call.

  2. When I became a Christian in 2013, everything He has called me to do has been out of my comfort zone. God’s work is supposed to be out of our comfort zone because it is just that, God’s work. If it were easy, then I would not need to rely solely on Him working in me and through me. Jesus takes what is weak to show the world the magnificence of His Majesty. I was a person that did not like to read the Bible, but now I have a degree in Biblical Evangelism and make videos teaching the Bible. I and others know that what I say are not my words, but the Holy Spirit delivers the message, the confidence, the boldness, the compassion and the truth. It is not at all about me; it is all about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ wants the weak, the humble, the poor spirit, the scared and confused, so He breathe on us the breath of courage, wisdom, knowledge, boldness, and compassion to carry out the Great Commission. It is all about Jesus Christ being glorified, and so people without a doubt the Master of the Universe performed a supernatural work in that person, and wants to do the same for them.

  3. This is an inspirational word that will surely touch the hearts of all who read it because every body who allows God to take the wheel in their life knows that the results are what they in themselves would have considered impossible. Thank you for the encouragement and wisdom of your post .May God bless you as you share this wisdom and may you continue to share. Thank you Latoya.

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