This week at church, we’ve been challenged with this question…”Is my Yes on the table?” Have I said “Yes” to Jesus…not knowing what I’m saying yes to, but fully trusting His character, His ways, and His plans for me?
But…what if I’m not “qualified?” If He (or anyone else) did a background check, He/”they” would see that I was the least qualified to be in His service. Is that you?
That was Gideon.
His story is in Judges 6. Gideon was hiding from the Midianites in a wine press, “threshing wheat to keep it from the Midianites.” Here’s what happened…(v.12) “…the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, and he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” (V. 15-16) “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Gideon tried to say that because of the family that he came from, and because he “was the least in his family,” God couldn’t use him. Here’s the way God would make this thing work out…
He said “I WILL BE WITH YOU.”
I love that God called Gideon a mighty warrior before Gideon was ever a mighty warrior!! Since God knows the plans that He has for us, He already saw Gideon as a mighty warrior. Gideon just didn’t see himself that way yet. He had to step out in faith to step into God’s great plan for him.
I wonder what God sees in me that I don’t see yet? I wonder what He will accomplish through me for His kingdom and His glory by my offering an Unqualified Yes before His throne?
“It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5)
Then there was Moses. I, personally, love his story, because speaking in front of people has always been the one thing that I feared…the one thing that I said “…just don’t ask me to do THAT.”
Check it out…“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)
That’s pretty powerful stuff…God Himself promised to help Moses speak and to teach him what to say.
We have the same promise through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 21:15 says, “for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!”
Luke 12:12 says, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”
Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
Sadly enough, Moses still asked God to send someone else to speak. Scripture says that “The LORD’s anger burned against Moses“…but in His great mercy, God provided Aaron to be Moses’ mouthpiece.
Moses missed an opportunity…the opportunity to trust God in that area and let God’s power be perfected in that particular weakness. We know, of course, that God still used Moses to do great things for God.
I’m thankful that despite our fears, and in spite of our lack of faith and trust in Him, God doesn’t give up on us. He still uses us. Job says in Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” The God of the universe, the Creator of all things will accomplish His purpose, with or without me.
I want to be a part of His purpose being accomplished…don’t you??
Did God call me to speak?! Did He call me to do the one thing I was scared to death of??!! Of course He did!!! Did I say yes? Yes. Because I am at this point in my life where I want Him to use me…no matter what. Was I afraid? Honestly…yes…even knowing that He is with me and that He tells us to be anxious for nothing…there is still a battle with my flesh…and a battle with the enemy who tries to shut me down with fear.
But my God is BIGGER than my enemy, and His Love is greater than my fear.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
I may still have some fear, but I want to please God more than I want to run from my fear. I want to be a part of His Great Plan.
If He wants me to get up in front of people, heart pounding and hands shaking to tell how GRACIOUS and BEAUTIFUL He is, it is worth it, because He gave EVERYTHING for me. It is worth it because maybe one person could come to know Jesus…NOT because of me, but because of Christ in me. Because God uses weak and broken vessels to share His message of GRACE.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
So that Christ’s power may rest on me.
He doesn’t weigh us down with burdens. His power rests on me.
Do I get nervous getting up in front of people? Yes.
Was it comfortable for Jesus to carry the cross? Did He experience pain? What about when He was spit on? Beaten? He gave it all for us, so shouldn’t we give it all for Him? Even if it’s hard? Even if it’s uncomfortable? Even if we feel unqualified?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
For the joy set before Him He endured the cross.
For the joy set before me I will GIVE HIM MY YES.
I know this…“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
- Is my Yes on the table? No matter what?
- He gave it all for me…will I give it all for Him?
“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…”