Have you ever felt unqualified – called to do something but feel like you are lacking the skills or experience to carry it out? Often times the feeling is fueled by insecurity or fear of failure. Someone approaches you with a ministry opportunity that they believe you will be perfect for. Your heart quickens at the thought and then seems to halt as the negative voice in your head tells you that you’re not equipped or that your past is too ugly to qualify you for such an opportunity.
I can imagine Moses also shared these insecurities. He was born as a Hebrew but raised by an Egyptian princess. One day he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew. Murder was punishable by death so Moses fled to the desert where he stayed for 40 years until God called him out. Despite his past, God had chosen him to lead His people out of exile. Listen in on a portion of God and Moses’s conversation:
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 4:10-17)
The thing is, you may not feel able to do the things God has laid on your heart, but the truth is that God does the equipping for what He calls us to do. We simply need to put our trust in Him. It will take some work on our part, but if the God of the Universe has put us in charge He is going to supply us with what we need regardless of the size of the task. Not sure where to begin? “Just show up!”2
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus – the great Shepherd of the sheep – with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21)
- Hindson, Ed, Courageous Faith: Life Lessons from Old Testament Heroes (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 62-63.
- Moore, Beth, prod “” Living Proof Ministries Subsplash Broadcasts (August 25, 2016).