Isn’t it funny how we often find ourselves in situations where we’re leading (or volunteering) in areas where we feel totally inadequate!?
Why me? What do I have to offer? Over and over again in the Bible Jesus asked the humble and skipped over the “wise, religious” people when asking people to follow Him. What does a fisherman have to offer Jesus? A hated tax collector? These are the people that helped lead after Jesus went up to heaven?
I have often hear that saying “It’s not the ability, it’s the availability.” What do you think? Do you agree? Jesus had disciples (aka – followers) that were from all walks of life, left the known and followed Him into the unknown (do you hear the twilight zone music in your head?). Jesus used these disciples to walk with Him, while He was on earth, share His love and connect with people (and so much more!)
Mark 3:13-19 Jesus Appoints the Twelve Apostles
13 Jesus went up on a mountainside. He called for certain people to come to him, and they came. 14 He appointed 12 of them and called them apostles. From that time on they would be with him. He would also send them out to preach.
This is only 2 verses from the Bible, but you can see a few things (I bolded phrases) that stand out. He called. They came. They were with Jesus. He sent them out.
He called – Jesus called them.
[ The Calling of Levi ] After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him,
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
They came – if Jesus is calling you, go!
They were with Jesus – are you with Him daily? Seeking Him? Talking to Him?
Jesus sent them out – He gave them opportunities to lead/teach. Take those opportunities when God’s sends you to them!
You know they doubted their usefulness at times – even with Jesus right in their midst! (it’s even written in the Bible – check out Peter – who Jesus had renamed, The Rock!) “The Rock” doubted and even denied Jesus. ” The Rock” also was forgiven and went on to do amazing things. God knows that we may doubt the areas He calls us to. Why else would he have put the stories in the Bible for us, but to encourage us? It’s easy to say, don’t doubt, but, don’t doubt! Jesus put you in that position to lead (or volunteer or teach or whatever else) and He will give you the wisdom and strength to do it!
AN EXTRA NOTE:
Now, although Jesus loves all of us, and calls all of us to Him, He has a specific plan and purpose for each of us. So, if you’re not doing anything, ask God what He wants you to do. If you’re doing everything, ask God what He wants you to do. Sounds pretty simple, but I know it’s hard to do. If you’re doing everything, than you’re not doing what God really wants you to do with all of the energy and quality. & even more, someone that God does want in that place isn’t there! If you’re doing too much to do what God is calling you to, what do you need to give up to have more time or resources?
This is where I’m at right now. Let’s follow Jesus.