Musings from a promise-collector

Feeling Unworthy?


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Do you ever feel unworthy? Like the task that God has set before you must be for someone else, and somehow you’ve stumbled onto their path by accident? Do you sometimes find yourself asking, “Are you SURE you want ME to do THAT, God?”

Somehow I know that I’m not the only one to have thoughts like that. I believe that every Christian has moments of that uncertainty and unworthy feeling. However, it’s what we do with those thoughts that counts.

Too many fall under the enemy’s onslaught of fiery arrows, and succumb to the lies that they are unworthy to carry out the task ahead of them. They’re immobilized by the lies, doubt, and fear (whether of the unknown or of failing).

So what should we do when we feel like we aren’t worthy of the task? Well, first of all, make sure you are hearing God correctly. However, chances are, that if God is asking something of you that is way too big to accomplish by your own power, then He most likely put it there. Tasks that we can do on our own don’t point to God’s strength like a task that is humanly impossible does. When something is impossible by our reasoning, then it leaves so much room for God to show us His glory and power in the midst of our limitations and weaknesses. That’s when we can stand back and say “Wow, you’re so amazing God!”

I think that secondly, we need to accept it. It sounds like a pretty trivial thing, right? Accept it? Well, if I haven’t out-right rejected it, isn’t that basically like accepting it? No, I would argue that it isn’t. Even if you haven’t totally rejected the task, you haven’t really accepted until you, well…. accept. It really comes down to saying: “Ok God, you want me to do this seemingly crazy, impossible thing. I have no idea what to do or how it’ll work… but ok, let’s do it!” It means telling Him that you’re putting your faith in Him to accomplish this task.

Thirdly, we need to pray into it. It’s not just enough to say “Ok, let’s do it.” Proverbs 16:3 says to “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” We have to cover this task with prayer. We already know it’s impossible for us to do alone, so how do we expect to do it without prayer? Jesus covered everything He did with prayer. He didn’t do anything without the Father’s help and guidance. We need to do the same thing by praying into and over the task we have been given.

I think that lastly, we need to actually just do it (to borrow Nike’s slogan). Noah was given the task of building an ark. But he didn’t sit around waiting for God to deliver the lumber and tools. He got straight to work, did his part, and let God do the rest. God expects the same from us. When He gives us a task, He expects us to do our part of it. If we wait around waiting for Him to do our part, the chance to be a part of this task may pass from us.

So, where are you feeling unworthy?
Have you accepted the call?
How can you be praying into it?
And what steps can you take? (Just do it!)

Don’t let the enemy’s lies keep you from being a part of something God is calling you to where you can watch God at work in huge ways. God has called you to a task, a task He wants only you to do. And you are worthy because He has called you!

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