Worship

You’re Not Good Enough

…and that’s ok. Let me tell you why.

If you’re like me you’ve probably doubted yourself. Your ability. Your strengths. Seemingly-omnipotent failure looms filling you with fear and doubt. Especially when it comes to doing something for God. Afterall, there are plenty of people who :

are more eloquent public speakers
can throw a football further
are more accomplished guitarists
paint better
cook better
teach better

Better. Better. Better.

God only uses the best of the best….right?

Jesus called lowly, average fishermen to be some of his close disciples. Moses murdered a man, burried him in the sand, and eventually led Israel. Paul ruthlessly killed the very people he ended up being a revolutionary leader of. God often uses rejects and outcasts, the ones who are the furthest from what you’d typically think of as influential. The sick, the poor, murders. People who realized their faults, weaknesses, and insufficiencies and trusted God to use them anyway.

Next time you have a challenge ahead of you and think, ‘I can’t’ remember that that’s sometimes the point: you can’t. Not on your own anyway. It’ll take the redemptive and empowering power of Christ to see it through. If you allow it, God uses our vunerability in fearing defeat and dwelling on doubt to strengthen our relationship with him and to strengthen our faith. Often times it’s scarier than the fear of failure, but once you trust God fantastic things can happen.

If we were good enough on our own we wouldn’t need Jesus.

-Noah Lane

 

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Walk on Water

Walking On Water

A good friend of mine approached me yesterday and reminded me of the story of when Jesus walked on water. It’s such a great story! Jesus had just fed 5,000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. He figures it’s time for some alone time, so Jesus sends his disciples in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Just a quick note on this sea. It’s not your typical backyard pond. It’s huge! It is about 13 miles long and 8 miles across, and the waters can get rough sometimes. The disciples begin their quest to cross the sea, but Jesus stays back to pray.

Sometime later, Jesus decides to rejoin the disciples. But there’s a problem. The boat is far out at Sea. Jesus is nowhere close to the boat. For Jesus, the solution is simple: walk on water. Once he approached the boat, the disciples were stricken with fear. They thought he was a ghost! Peter, being the most outgoing disciple there was, asked Jesus to call him out on the water. Jesus does just that, and Peter walks on water with Jesus. After reading through the story, and reflecting on this passage last night, I’ve found two things we can take away from the story that I wanted to share with you today.

 

When God Calls, Listen.

Jesus called out to Peter. He told him to come to Jesus on the water. Peter did just that. After hearing God’s call, Peter acted. How many of us have heard God’s call, but haven’t acted? Maybe you know that you’ve been given the gifts in order to work with children? Maybe you’ve been called to join a small group? Maybe you’ve been called to help the less fortunate? Maybe you’re doubting God’s push on your life to begin a relationship with him? God calls us for several different reasons. Personally, God has called me into ministry. God doesn’t do that for everyone, but he does call everyone into something. What is God calling you for? Have you listened?

 

When God Calls, Don’t Doubt It.

Jesus called out to Peter, and Peter walked out on the water toward Jesus. He was doing fine, until he began to see the wind and the waves. Peter doubted God’s call. How many of us have heard God’s call on our lives, but ended up doubting. May you’re saying, I’m not good enough to do that for God? Or maybe you’re trying to tell yourself that, you’re not gifted enough to act out on God’s calling? God doesn’t call you into ministry to be the next Billy Graham. He doesn’t call you to become a surgeon in order to be the surgeon general. He won’t call you into teaching in order to be the greatest teacher in history. He calls you, so stay you! Never doubt God’s call on your life. Hear it, and do it!

 

Are you struggling with finding God’s call on your life? Maybe your wrestling with the idea of being called to have a relationship with God? I’d love to talk with you. Simply connect with me.

 

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