But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Sometimes in life, God calls us to do something for His glory that we feel we might not necessarily possess the skills to tackle on our own; the truth is, we don’t. So we wrestle with trying to reconcile our desire to do God’s work with our all-too-evident sense of lack—many a well-meaning Christian finds themselves stuck here and usually for much longer than intended. The issue is not our lack of skill or talent; the real issue is our lack of faith in God.
Think back to the story of Moses, whom God chose to use to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses, upon hearing God’s plan to use him, immediately points out his shortcomings and asks God to send someone else. However, the Lord reminds Moses that He was the one who gave him a mouth and tells Moses that He will help him and Moses’ brother Aaron carry out His plan.
Oftentimes, it is precisely because of our weakness that God chooses us to carry out His mission. Not because He needs us, but because He wants to do a work in us and through us. He wants to do a work in us by challenging and growing our faith in Him; to trust that He will provide and equip us for the mission He has called us to fulfill. He wants to do a work through us by utilizing our “weakness” to bring glory to Himself and His kingdom; that way we, and everyone around us, can be certain that the end result was due to His grace and His power alone.
My friends, have faith that when God calls you for a specific purpose, He will also equip you and will be with you every step of the way. Lean on Him. He won’t let you down.
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Angela Naugle currently serves as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She graduated from Baylor University and has her Masters in Social Work from Texas Christian University.