For years I wanted to start a community Bible study for women. I had a strong desire to help others have a deeper understanding of the Bible. And I loved the thought of God sparking a fresh faith in women as they gained a new awareness of Him.
But despite the desire, I kept putting the idea off. What held me back from getting started? The “Who am I” question we often ask ourselves. Mine sounded like this: Who am I to think others want to hear what I teach? Who am I to assume I’m any good at this? Who am I to believe I’m the one to spiritually lead others?
I questioned my ability. I was unsure if others would listen to what I had to say. And I was terrified of assuming to be something I wasn’t. After all, I told myself, I’m no Beth Moore.
Behind the “Who Am I” question is an old foe known as feeling incapable. It’s believing that who we are is not enough for the task ahead. This ancient enemy goes all the way back to the men and women of the Bible. Consider Moses. When God gave him instructions to confront Pharaoh and demand freedom for the Israelites, he questioned God’s decision by asking: Who am I to do this enormous task? Who am I that my people will listen and follow to me? Who am I to convince such a powerful man to let the Israelites go free?
However, God’s answer to Moses’ “Who am I” questions gave him the kick he needed to march through the desert, face Pharaoh, and lead his people to freedom. What words gave him the power needed to take up the task?
“What I ask you to do, I do with you.”
Those words were pivotal to Moses’ decision to do as God asked. Why? Because He grasped the truth that with God’s presence comes His power. And God’s power is more than enough to accomplish the task.
Just like Moses, when God calls you to do something you are assured of His power and presence to accomplish it. No matter your past. No matter your perceived ability. And no matter your qualifications compared to someone else’s. The same God who split the sea, subdued nations, and rose Christ from the dead will enable you do what He is calling you to do!
God didn’t cave to Moses’ list of excuses, and he won’t accept yours either. He may press you to do the very thing you’ve already failed at, the thing you don’t feel good at, or the thing you’re convinced you’re to weak to achieve. He knows that when He sends you to move mountains, it will be His power doing the moving. But it might be your arms He uses to do the lifting.
What has God called you to do that you’re putting off? Saying yes to leading that ministry? Inviting foster children into your home? Asking that young woman to lunch so you can pour into her spiritually? God’s ability supersedes your inability. Take the next step of obedience, believing His presence and power is enough for you.