God loves to partner with us in our dreams, but there are also times in our lives when He shares a calling with us and asks us to partner with Him. The question is: ‘Does God sometimes ask us to do things which seem beyond our ability?’ It’s important to know the answer to this question otherwise when these moments happen we can easily reject God’s call. Today, I will show you that the answer to the question is ‘yes’, and why you do not need to worry about it!
In 2003, God shared a vision with me for the building of a suicide intervention team on the cliffs of Beachy Head. He was asking me to partner with Him, however, on the surface there were a couple of problems with God’s choice of ‘business’ partner.
- Firstly, being naturally introverted, I was not very good at speaking to people face to face who I had never met. I was happy speaking in front of a crowd, but one to one was decidedly uncomfortable.
- Secondly, I was not known for my organizational skills, and I knew that running a team of this sort was going to take a lot of organizing.
- Thirdly, I had no experience whatsoever in dealing with the suicidal, outside of a single personal experience of feeling that way.
- The fourth reason was the most significant though. I have a fear of heights. At the edge of a steep drop my legs turn to jelly and my head swims.
In my mind I wasn’t the best candidate for the job, but God chose me. I simply put the problems to the back of my mind, trusting that when the time came to face my inadequacies He would show me the way to overcome, which He did.
Being part of a team helped to improve my organizational skills. I learnt how to negotiate with the suicidal, and through that my natural reluctance for one to one conversations dwindled.
As for fear of heights, my symptoms almost totally disappeared, but only when at Beachy Head. One day I even had to assist a young guy off a ledge above an overhang. I was harnessed by the Coastguard, so I was leaning back on the rope as I had to use both hands to lift the guy up. My heels hung over the edge of the ledge. Beneath me was just 450 ft of air to the rocks and waves below. I cant say that I loved it, but God helped me to overcome.
In the Bible, we see example after example of God choosing the most unlikely characters for the job He had in mind.
- Moses by his own admission, couldn’t speak well yet God chose him as the leader of His people. He must have changed as Acts 7:22 says he was mighty in words.
- Gideon, who was hiding in a wine press, He chose as the commander of His army.
- Peter, the impulsive fisherman who denied Jesus, God chose as the first leader of His new church.
- John, a man known for wanting to call down fire on a Samaritan village, God chose as the apostle who is renowned for speaking about love.
My point is this:
- God will sometimes call you to do something that you are not naturally equipped to do.
- There is no restriction to you following His call, except your own doubts and fears.
- Where God guides He provides. God will give you every bit of grace needed to get the job done.
- When you do what God asks despite the odds, you will have the time of your life!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Today, put away the doubts that have stopped you answering God’s call. God never asks us to do something we cannot do. With His help, nothing is impossible.
How is God calling you out of your comfort zone? Please leave a comment below.
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