God doesn't need you to be an expert.2:40 PM
Do you ever feel like you're faking it?
Like you're pretending to be an expert -- at your job, in your relationships, in parenting, in your business -- and it's just a matter of time before someone finds you out? We're told that we should be experts at everything. You can be a wife, a mom, a CEO, a party planner, a great cook, a gracious host, a fitness buff... you can do it all. And look, look at your news feed! Everyone else is already doing it all. Because of this world of resources and connectivity that we live in, we are so constantly reminded of what we don't know, what we don't have, what we haven't accomplished, and -- we think -- who we're not.
I don't know what I'm doing.
How many times do you tell yourself that? I know it's at the heart of what I say and do way too often. And you know what, we don't know what we're doing most of the time. This life is our first and last go around.
But here's the thing. You don't have it all figured out, and you are exactly where God wants you. God is notorious for picking totally unqualified people for really important jobs.
God called a farmer who had never left dry land to build a boat that would save humanity. God called an afterthought shepherd boy to be the king of his people (and the ancestor of their messiah). God called a girl with a pretty face to rescue a nation. God called a poor, rural couple with a bad reputation to raise the Savior of the world. God called a haggard group of fishermen to be the evangelists for the greatest message in all of history. God called a murderer of Christians to write the most important letters the Church would ever receive.
And God called you. And God called me. God is perfectly capable of miraculously providing everything he needs to do his work on this planet. He is perfectly capable of miraculously providing, but he prefers to miraculously equip his imperfect people to do the job. He delights in bringing us into his story.
He loves to wow us -- not by pushing our faces into the dirt, but by lifting us up. He knows exactly how capable and competent you are, and he says, yes! You're the one. Because only a God that big, that powerful, that loving and that full of grace could carry out a perfect will with the help of nothing but broken people. But he does it. And he loves it.
But the best part is, God doesn't call you to an impossible task and leave you alone in your inadequacy. He promises to give you every single thing you need to do his work. When God called Moses -- a murderer and runaway -- to rescue an entire nation to which he belonged but had never really belonged, Moses had a lot of excuses. He was basically asking, why me? And God didn't address how incapable Moses was. He said the job doesn't depend on you. It depends on me. I've got us covered.
So whatever you're staring down this week, take heart: You may not be an expert. And you may not be "the best." But God loves to miraculously equip his people for great things. So dwell less on your inadequacy and more on his ability. And open your eyes and your hands for him to move.
What is God calling you to? How do you need to be equipped to answer? We'd love to chat with you in the comments!