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God doesn’t give us ministries we cannot perform. God calls us to ministry and gives us the gifts we need to do what needs doing. We are sometimes amazed at what we are able to do in the service of the God who empowers us with the Holy Spirit.

I have noticed, though, that people can talk themselves out of their ministries. They can focus their inadequacies and be overwhelmed despair at what they see. And so they never make a start.

I am very aware of my inadequacies. I could run up quite a list of them if I wanted to do that. But I don’t. I focus on God’s sufficiency for my needs and the needs of those I am called to serve. God didn’t put me where I am so that I could wallow in my own shortcomings and do nothing. I was put here so that I might glorify God in my words and deeds. That’s why we’re all here, and we will have the gifts we need to do what God wills for us.

I derive a great deal of peace from thinking these thoughts. If I thought that the world depended on me and people like me for its salvation, I’d be a nervous wreck, for I know that I possess neither the wisdom nor the strength on my own to save the world. We have another savior, who has chosen to use us in the great and graceful plan of the world’s salvation.

God doesn’t give us ministries we cannot perform. God calls us to ministry and gives us the gifts we need to do what needs doing. We are sometimes amazed at what we are able to do in the service of the God who empowers us with the Holy Spirit.

I have noticed, though, that people can talk themselves out of their ministries. They can focus their inadequacies and be overwhelmed despair at what they see. And so they never make a start.

I am very aware of my inadequacies. I could run up quite a list of them if I wanted to do that. But I don’t. I focus on God’s sufficiency for my needs and the needs of those I am called to serve. God didn’t put me where I am so that I could wallow in my own shortcomings and do nothing. I was put here so that I might glorify God in my words and deeds. That’s why we’re all here, and we will have the gifts we need to do what God wills for us.

I derive a great deal of peace from thinking these thoughts. If I thought that the world depended on me and people like me for its salvation, I’d be a nervous wreck, for I know that I possess neither the wisdom nor the strength on my own to save the world. We have another savior, who has chosen to use us in the great and graceful plan of the world’s salvation.

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