“Do you finally believe?”
Understand that Christ chose weakness in order to give life.
Many of us aren’t fulfilling our God-given destiny because we believe we’re not qualified for what he’s calling us into. And the thing is, you’re right. On your own, you cannot fulfil the call God has placed on your life. But when you co-labour, when you partner with the Holy Spirit, your ‘yes’ becomes your qualification. One of my favourite preachers, Christine Caine, loves to say over and over: “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called!” It’s in your lack of natural ability that allows the supernatural power of God to be demonstrated through you!
How many times did Jesus ask his disciples to believe! In this passage of Scripture he asks them: “Do you finally believe?…Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He was inviting his disciples into an adventure that didn’t remove them from their circumstances, but that empowered them to live full of joy even during trials. The disciples often struggled to believe that they could actually do what God was calling them to do, and not just do it, but do it well and with joy.
When we begin to recognise our weakness as an opportunity for a miracle, anything is possible. It’s that risk element in our faith I believe God is calling us to take a hold of today.
1. What are you afraid of? What has held you back from pursuing in the past because you thought you weren’t qualified?
2. Tell God today: “I’m not holding back any more. I give you permission to use me today. I lay down my own agenda and invite you, Holy Spirit to love through me – through my words and my actions. Your will, not mine.”
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
I’m not sure what your biggest fear in life is. One of mine is that I’ll waste a single day of my life. That I’ll have lived but not made a difference. Sometimes I wish I had a really easily discernible gift, that I could be an Olympic athlete or something and know fully that that’s what God has made me for. Yet, he chose not to create me like that.
The longer I’ve walked with Jesus the more I realise how broken and weak I am. And yet I am grateful for that. The more he shows me my own weakness, my selfishness, and my pride; the more I realise I need him. I am more dependent on him because my calling isn’t as clear as it is for some people. And the more I realise I need him; the more I discover that his grace is so much greater than I first thought. The Lord chooses to use you and I despite our brokenness and in spite of our weaknesses.
What a great God we get to serve.