One of the things that I have struggled with most in the past year of being a pastor is that often times I feel like I am unusable.
We have all been there though.
We often will make excuses for why the Lord can’t use us and then we replay those excuses in our head over and over until we actually believe that the Lord has no use for us. I’m too awkward. I’m too young. I’m too old. I’m not smart enough. I’m not a good leader. I’m not good with kids. I’m divorced. I’m struggling with depression. I’m scared.
There are tons of reasons that we consider ourselves to be of no use to the Lord. The problem with this mindset is that it doesn’t stop there. Many people take their feelings of inadequacy to another level when they believe that because of their flaws they are not loved by God. We live in a time in which our performance (at work, at home, etc.) seems to be directly correlated to the amount of love we receive.
If we perform well our boss may give us a promotion.
If we perform well our marriage may feel healthier.
If we perform well our parents may finally be proud of us.
The amazing thing about the Lord is that His love is constant and despite what season of life we find ourselves in; He still loves us.
When it comes to our usability we have to look back at who the Lord has used before. To slay a giant the Lord used a small boy named David. To bring the Israelites out of Egypt the Lord used a murderer named Moses. To write the majority of the New Testament the Lord used a man named Saul who hunted down Christians to try to stop the spread of their belief in Jesus as the Messiah.
If we look at the major characters of the Bible we will soon realize that none of them were qualified for what God used them to do! We are in really good company when it comes to feeling inadequate because I’m sure that those insecurities were just as prevalent in the life of Moses, David, and Saul.
The key to feeling qualified for the mission that the Lord has set us on is remembering that we are not qualified because we can rely on ourselves but rather, we are qualified because if we believe in Jesus the Holy Spirit lives in us! The power that we receive when the Holy Spirit enters into our life is enough to crush all of our fears of failing.
We need to embrace our flaws, failures, and weaknesses and realize that they do not disqualify us from spreading the Gospel!
Today, ask yourself what the Lord has planned for you and ask yourself what is holding you back from joining Him on His mission to bring joy to our world. Be used by the Lord because we are all useful in some way!