When God calls you to do something, it will always feel intimidating because it will be something you can’t do without Him. So that through us God’s glory can be seen. This can often leads us to ask, why us? The lack of confidence this questioning brings often does not bred humility in us to trust God more. Instead we let it discourage us. Making us want to give up and not play the part God wants us to play.
We need to remember God didn’t choose us to do something that we can do or because we proved ourselves in the past. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us He knew us before we were even born. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;”
We can be so temperamental in our roles. One minute I feel 10 feet tall and the next minute, loose my temper, setting a bad example. I am all over the map and not up to playing the part! There are many tymes that I ponder whether to take the wide or narrow road. That wide one can be so much easier with little to no value, and it can lead to destruction. Choosing the narrow road is always the harder choice but I want to travel that one and experience all the scenes – easy and difficult not missing anything!
As I think of the show my wife and I like to watch “The Voice”, (it is very similar to American Idol but with a twist). The judges have their back to the contestant in the beginning and judge only by their voice. They then can choose to coach them only by what is heard. With this method, they choose them by the gift they have on the inside. As they turn around and actually see them, a double reaction can happen which we can see in their eyes. They either like or don’t like what they see.
So many tymes, I want to choose before I see. Knowing that God has chosen me for a production I want to say, BUT… God’s calling is deeper than our outward circumstances. I must be concerned with what I see on the inside and not the outside. So much tyme can be spent trying to get people to approve or accept us. If we do or say the right things, others will accept us, etc. If we sing the right note, they will choose us.
Cancel the Auditions!
If we had to audition we would fail. We have already gotten the part just play it! We have already gotten God’s love so live in it. We already earned through Jesus the right to be in God presence so just stand in it and enjoy your calling. The enemy will try to distract you from playing your part by making you think you have to achieve things before you will be cast in the role. But 1 Corinthians 26 says:
When you think you are failing or missing the mark, remember God called you before you did anything wrong and before you did anything right! It is not like He called you, then He got stuck with you … it is more like He started with what He wanted to do in the world, then created something to fulfil that particular role, at that particular tyme and that something is you!
1 Corinthians continues:
.. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
We Have Already Gotten The Part. When you realise God didn’t pick you for your strengths but for weaknesses, it enables you NOT to stop trying but to stop trying out! To start living in the knowledge that you have already been given the part. You see this all through the Bible. See Exodus 4:10 Moses told God he wasn’t worthy because his lack of speech skills. But in verse 11 The LORD says 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?”
God knows all of our failings, and our weakness but He has picked us before we got here. We don’t have all the skills, He does. He writes the script, He controls the budget, we just need to turn up to work and deliver on what He has put inside of us! What if God was intentional about our flaws? We need to own them. I need to own my awkwardness, own my doubts and failings because we are perfect for our parts. The things I want to hide are what God wants to use.
I am not going to show up to do the things God chosen me to do in order to prove my worth to God. I am going to show up to DO what he has chosen me to do. I definitely want to live and be the part of a story of value. My role may not be something I deserve, but I am ready to let God help me make the right choice. Even if I don’t sing the right note, He will choose me, no, he has already chosen me.
I already have the part whether or not I am deserving or make the wrong choices. As I begin to work through the part of finishing up B.A.S.I.C. Training and creating these blogs, I must remember that the audition has been called off – I already have the role. I must remember that He hasn’t called me to do something He hasn’t equipped me to do. I will stand in His love and walk in it. I will focus on what I have and not on what I don’t have. Yes, Lord, I am trusting in you to guide me and live the story. ”Cancel the audition” means that we don’t have to try out for God. We don’t have to prove ourselves. God accepts us before the music starts! He said, we don’t need to achieve God’s acceptance. We just need to receive it.
It reminded me of what I read in the New Testament today. It said…
…let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:16
In other words, God has given us everything we need to live a Spirit-filled life of joy and success. Now just live it. Quit hoping that God is happy with you. Just live knowing that he is happy and let that knowledge take you to a new level.