First off I , I’ve been so completely humbled by the fact that we have a God who seeks so badly for us to hear his voice and to know his will. He continually calls out to me, “Mica, Mica” just as he did to young Samuel in 1 Samuel chapter 3. I’m learning how God continues to speak to us despite our immaturity and lack of experience. (Thank goodness!!) He desires for us to hear him so that we can respond to him in obedience. However sometimes I hear him but I don’t choose to follow in obedience. This is where we have an issue.
Obedience. Man is that a hard thing for me. I’m not the rebellious type. In fact, I’m quite the opposite. I find pleasure in following the rules. Plus, I’m a pretty big people pleaser, so when someone asks me to do something, I tend to do it. So why is obeying God so tough sometimes? I would say it’s because some of the things he calls us to do, makes us uncomfortable. It calls us to be brave and to step out in faith. Sometimes what he calls us to do arouses a spirit of fear within us. Fear of others, fear of the unknown and fear of our own inadequacy. Hmmm let’s see what the Lord has to say about inadequacy…
About a week ago I was meeting with my mentor, and we came across this verse in Exodus 4…
10 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.” 11 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? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” 13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Boy oh boy did this speak straight to me. I told my mentor that often times I feel like I AM MOSES. The Lord tells me I am capable because it’s not me doing the work, it’s Christ working through me. But somehow, sometimes I find myself saying the same thing Moses said, “Lord, send someone else.” Sometimes I wish someone would shake me up and say “MICA… It’s NOT about you. It’s about Christ simply using you to be a part of what he’s doing.” Why wouldn’t I (or WE because I now I’m not alone in this) want to play a part in that??
If the Lord himself tells me I am capable, qualified and competent why don’t I believe it? Often times I think it’s because I’m missing the other side of the coin… 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 says this, 4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
Ya see, we are qualified because of Christs spirit within us. When we realize we are capable because of Christ, and that it has nothing to do with us, we can have full confidence within ourselves because our capabilities aren’t coming from us but from Him alone. When the focus comes off me and on him, I am more than prepared, competent and capable. (Praise Jesus my capabilities don’t come from me!!! I would be worthless!! LOL!)
If the Lord calls us to do something, we are MORE than qualified, not by anything we’ve done or could ever do, but through Christ. I’m done letting fear have a place on His throne, He shouldn’t have to share His Glory. And He won’t. All the praise is His alone. He is worthy.