Do you ever fall into the mindset that rejections from the world or feelings of inadequacy have bearing on God’s desire and potential to use us for His glory?
If so, you are not alone. I have battled with these thoughts for years as I seek to further God’s kingdom through my vocation. To be honest, I still at times have to overcome the false belief that God uses worldly success to predict His success in us.
But..here’s the reality:
First, God does not see us as the sum of our accomplishments. Second, these “failures” or “inadequacies” don’t have any impact on the way He sees us, nor the ways He will use us.
Why? Because God promises us that He has already prepared and lead the way for us to live out His mission. Ephesians 2:10 says exactly that:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”
In fact, He often works through us more profoundly in times when we feel inadequate. While our “inadequacies” may feel like stumbling blocks, God uses these exact “inadequacies” as fuel for growth. We become players of something bigger than ourselves.
Take the example of Moses, when God asks him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He is sorely aware of the reality that he is not a leader, nor does he have the gift of eloquent speech.
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)
Moses is filled with self-doubt. I imagine he felt in this moment, the same way I often feel. After rejection upon rejection, I am aware of my inadequacies and doubt creeps in. I find myself asking God, “how will you work through me?”
The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:11-12, NIV)
God promises Moses that He will equip him with everything he needs and we see just that, as God brings Aaron alongside Moses to help him accomplish His mission of guiding the Israelites out of Egypt.
This summer, when I was studying for the MCAT for the 3rd time, there were days I felt overwhelmed, inadequate, discouraged and unsure how I could possibly live out God’s calling for me as a healthcare professional. I constantly questioned God as why He had given me this passion for medicine, when I was struggling to do well on this 7-hour-long exam.
But God reminded of this promise: He will never call us to things that we cannot achieve through His help. I read this verse and immediately posted it on my computer as a reminder.
Friends, the Lord will fulfill His purpose for me and for you despite feelings of inadequacy and rejections from the world.
The only thing God asks from us is our obedience and faith. He does not ask us to come to Him with a list of accomplishments and successes.
Therefore, let’s come to Him today with a willing spirit, arms wide open, and walk in His ways in faith and anticipation of the MIGHTY work He is doing through us.