Not Worthy, Eh?

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Photo credit: Jordi Labanda
Have you ever felt like you are not worthy to do something good? Or felt like you’re not in the best position to do a specific role? I have. Several times. But every time I will encounter the story of Peter, Paul or even King David, I will feel encouraged and exhilarated.

These people weren’t perfect. Before they knew the Lord, Peter was hot-tempered. Paul was a murderer. David was a simple shepherd prior to his kingship. When they followed the Lord, Peter was still hot-tempered. He even cut off the ear of one of the soldiers who captured Jesus. Paul didn’t gain a lot of friends because people were afraid of him. He was known to be a persecutor. King David was morally tempted and gave in. He committed adultery and covetousness at the same time. But when the Lord called them to do His work, they were so bold but humble enough to repent from their shortcomings and follow His calling. They were in faith that no matter how imperfect they were, God is a perfect God who can do tremendous work through their lives.

Similarly, when I look at myself, I realized I am not perfect and far from being good. I grew up knowing I’m not a good writer but when the Lord told me to write something about Him, I can’t help but write. I have had several failures in my walk with God but when He told me to lead this person towards Him, I can’t help but lead. I had my share on relationships not pleasing to the Lord but when He told me to minister about relationships, I can’t help but minister.

This led me to a question, why? And the answer is simple. Because the Lord tells me so. God is so great and powerful. He is that big that when He says, go and share the Good News, you can go no matter how imperfect you are. When He says, I can use your life to encourage a person, you can encourage a person whatever your background is. When He says you help this friend, you can help a friend regardless how weak you are. Because it is in our weakness when God’s strength is displayed. It is in our failures that God’s unfailing love and grace are highlighted. And it is in our imperfections that God’s righteousness is revealed.

There’s no need for us to worry what we will say or what we will do. Because He will take care of it. He will be the one to tell you what to say or what to do. All He asks is our obedience with faith. We obey because we trust in His power not on our weaknesses, failures or imperfections. We obey because we believe that He is in control.

Do not mind how people will react. If they respond, it is God whom they responded to. If they reject, it is God whom they rejected. Just obey and allow God to work in you and through you. He will be the one to make things grow. And He will be the one to lift you up and reward you for your obedience.

"..Do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
(Luke 12:11-12)

"But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict."
(Luke 21:14-15)


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