“I don’t have what it takes.”
“I don’t have the abilities necessary to complete this task.”
“I am a giant screw up, I am going to screw this up too.”
If you are a human being, you probably have had thoughts like these. If you have, I have good news for you: you’re not alone. As simple as that sounds, sometimes we don’t fully understand the idea. You see, there are some struggles we will all have to contend with and we don’t have to face them alone.
My wife and I are beginning the journey of planting a church. Considering the fact that neither of us have never before planted a church, there are some moments of self-doubt. Luckily, God ordered past events to ensure that we had this helpful little book called the Bible. If you ever struggle with self-doubt, take confidence in the fact that God is a terrible talent scout. I know that sounds blasphemous, but if you don’t believe me just look at His track record.
God needed someone to go talk to the single most powerful person on the planet and demand something ludicrous. Who He chose to do it: Moses, who had zero self-confidence and a speech impediment.
God needed a fearless leader to lead 300 Israelites in battle against 135,000 Midianites. Who He chose to do it: Gideon, who was found hiding and scared for his life in the middle of battle.
God needed someone to be a strong foundation to build his church upon. Who He chose to do it: Peter, who denied any and all association with Jesus three times.
God need someone to be the bomb-est missionary of all time and to write half of the New Testament. Who He chose to do it: Paul, who was famous for murdering Christians.
These are the easy targets but if you open up your Bible you will find many more. God is famous for picking the least likely candidates to do amazing things. Take heart that it doesn’t matter if you have what it takes, because God does. What it comes down to is knowing that God is the one doing it. If you are willing to be used by Him, then God has what it takes and “it” is you.