Today’s devotional was adapted from Chris’ newly revised and updated book, Undaunted.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
We’re all called to fulfill a purpose, to reach a destiny, to be all that God created us to be and to do all that God created us to do.
Part of my calling is to share the Gospel and to see people come to Christ. I’m called to teach the Word of God so people can be transformed by the power of God. I’m called to lead and teach others to lead so they can learn how to be full of the power of God, so they can fulfill what God has called them to do. I’m called to be a wife and a mother. A friend. And I’m called to help abolish slavery everywhere, forever.
I answered those calls, though I felt unqualified.
But don’t we all feel that way when God calls us to do something? Whether it’s to start a business, launch an outreach or walk across the street to meet a new neighbor and spark a friendship, when God’s Spirit gently nudges us — or not so gently nudges us — to make a bold step, take a risk, serve others, save a life or commit, why is it that we so often hold back? At least a little?
We think we lack the courage, the strength, the wisdom, the money, the influence, the experience, the education, the organization, the backing. We feel like Moses when, from out of the burning bush, God called him to speak for Him before Pharaoh — the highest leader in the land. And Moses answered, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent ... I am slow of speech and tongue. ... Please send someone else” (Exodus 4:10, 13).
We can sound just like that when God calls us. Not me, God. I’m afraid. Weak. Poor. Incapable. Unqualified. Daunted.
But if God has called you to slay giants, then He will be sure to make you into a giant slayer. God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. He leads us in how to live undaunted so we can fulfill our calling. To live boldly and courageously in the face of difficulty and to amaze the world by beating the odds, all for His glory.