Have you ever felt unfit for your calling? Lately I’ve been thinking about those persons who feel called to a purpose they feel completely unfit for it. I’ve been wondering about those who like to remain behind the scenes but are called to lead. There are many persons who prefer to remain in their comfort zone without any form of stretching. For them to be called to a purpose that is outside of this area of comfort, can be overwhelming.
There was I time when I felt unfit to share about God with anyone. I still have my moments but when I do, I shift my focus to what I know about God and what his word teaches me about my ability versus his ability. I shift my thinking instead to these things.
Speak God’s promises
God’s promises constantly remind us of what he says he will do for us but sometimes instead of going directly to the word when we experience doubts, we allow the enemy to use his words against us. There is a promise for every moment of doubt. Find a promise in the scriptures that apply to what you are going through. Do not let the enemy cripple what God has placed inside of you.
One promise I constantly draw on is found in 2 Corinthians 12: 9, But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. God’s power is perfected in our weaknesses because we decrease and he increases.
Rely on God’s strength not yours
Verse 10 of 2 Corinthians 12, continues by speaking about when we are weak then we are strong. Here Paul is showing us how when he accepts that he is weak, he can rely on God’s strength. We do not have to depend on our strength only to carry out God’s work. There will be times when you will feel weak, burdened and unfit for your calling but God is capable, strong and dependable. We can draw from his characteristics to sustain us.
It is God who qualifies us, we do qualify ourselves. Through Christ we can do all things. As we mature in Christ we exchange the old patterns of thought for this new way of thinking. Now that we belong to Christ we learn to rely on his strength for all that we do.
Rely on the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is available to help us in our weaknesses. In the life of the apostle Paul in Acts, the Holy Spirit instructs him about where he is to take the message of Christ. Paul states that in every city the Holy spirit warn him of what is to come (Acts 20:23). Wherever he went, it was at the direction of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit is within us and so we can look to him and rely on him for empowerment and instructions.
Accept Who God Says You Are
Sometimes the perception of who we think we are restricts our ability to fulfill our calling. We are looking at our selves through our natural eyes and not based on what God says we are. Maybe you are fearful about a certain job but what God says is, he has not given you a spirit of fear. We can rest on given words such as these. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness(2 Peter 1:3)
Spend Time in Prayer
Prayer time always reminds us of the power of God and how much we can place our trust in him. Sometimes we just need to be refreshed to continue on our journey and spending time in prayer is great for refueling. When we spend time with him he reveals to us how to serve him better. Prayer empowers us and remind us of who is in control. We are reminded that it is through God’s strength that we accomplish anything and not of ourselves.
Talk back: Share how you deal with any thoughts of not be capable of your calling.