Trusting God when He calls you to ministry.
When God calls you to ministry, trusting Him is often easier said than done. I wonder who can identify.
You sense deep down that God is calling you to do something specific, and you would love to respond to that calling, but you just can’t bring yourself to take the first step.
For whatever reason , you doubt your abilities. You ask yourself “Am I the right candidate for the job?” Before long you start coming up with all kinds of reasons why you aren’t the right candidate. I’m not qualified or experienced enough, I don’t have the time, I don’t have the finances that would be needed. Did I even hear correctly? So you could go on and on.
On the other hand, perhaps you do start taking steps towards fulfilling that calling , but you continue to put it off because you’re not quite ready. You want things to be perfect once you start.
If this is you, then you my friend, like me (yes, I still battle with this) , have a case of “Little Miss Perfect Syndrome”. You don’t want to take a chance on something, even a calling from God, unless everything is perfect.
God isn’t looking for “Little Miss Perfect.”
I know exactly how you feel because I have been there numerous times myself. Like when God called me to become a full-time worker with Child Evangelism Fellowship. I felt anything but qualified.
I had been working with CEF as a volunteer, sharing the Gospel with the neighbourhood children, for four years when I got a call from the Provincial Director to consider becoming a full-time, Local Director.
I was stunned, excited and terrified all at the same time. Becoming a Local Director was a whole lot different from being a weekly Good News Club Teacher. It would require me to promote the ministry, to raise funds, to train other teachers, to speak in front of congregations!
For someone who is by nature a very introverted, quite spoken person, this was a huge challenge.
I actually remembering feeling quite sick to my stomach at the thought of all it would entail. I dreaded the phone call from the Provincial Director wanting to know my decision. I was not qualified enough, I can’t stand in front of crowds of people and talk, I can’t lead and supervise other workers and I definitely can’t go begging for money! So I kept on telling myself.
As it happened, it was a few weeks before the dreaded phone call came, but in that time the still, quite voice of the Holy Spirit kept on nudging.
Okay Lord, you win!
Eventually, one morning, sick with wondering when the phone call would come, I said to the Lord : “Lord, if this is what you want me to do, then let the Provincial Director phone me today. I am terrified at the thought and I don’t know how I will do it, but if it is what you have planned for me I will do it”.
Well , I have since learnt to be careful what I ask for. Not ten minutes later the call came, but before it came, the Lord gave me a word of encouragement from Psalm 50:15 “Call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
I cannot tell you the peace I experienced in that moment. I knew that I didn’t have to be the perfect candidate for this job because God believed in me, and that was all I needed to know. And I know he believes in you too.
What can be learnt from this?
When God calls you into ministry:
Quit doubting yourself. When God calls us to do something and we doubt our abilities to do it, we are in fact doubting God’s ability to choose the right person for the job. I have learnt that when God calls, he also equips and provides.
No more “Little Miss Perfect.” You and I will never be or do everything perfect. It isn’t our job to try and do everything perfect. All we have to do is be obedient, God will take care of the rest.
Step out of your comfort zone and start trusting God. When you sense God calling you to ministry, make sure to spend extra time in his presence, asking him to confirm to you what you heard, then do what you can to prepare for the calling Trust that he knows what he is doing even when you don’t and ask yourself, “How many people are waiting to hear what God wants to tell them through me?”
Trust that you are the perfect candidate.
When God calls you into ministry, he already knows all your weaknesses and imperfections but he calls you anyway. Why, because in his eyes you already are the perfect candidate for the job. He could choose to use somebody else who is more qualified, but he chose you because he wants to bless you with spiritual growth and bless others through you.
Dear God, thank you for trusting us to be instruments in your Kingdom. Help us to remember that when you call us, you also equip us and give us the courage to step out in faith. Amen.
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