Identity

Feel Inadequate? God Wants to Use You

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“O Lord, I can’t speak for you. I’m too young!”

Have you ever said this?  Have you ever found yourself unqualified and inadequate to do the work of God?  These are the very words of the prophet Jeremiah.

In the story of Jeremiah we find a young man who is still dependent on his parents, called by God to be a prophet to the nations.  When Jeremiah says, he is too young he truly is, in society’s view.  He is a young man, not yet living on his own and able to support himself.

But God tells him, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.  Don’t be afraid of the people for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken! Jeremiah 1:7

The Bible is full a people unqualified to do God’s work, yet he still chooses them. I’m sure there were plenty of men who could speak well that God could’ve chosen, but he decided to pick Jeremiah.

How many times does God give you a heart or desire to reach someone, but you don’t do it because you feel unqualified? I know I sure have felt this way. This passage really struck me because there have been so many times when I chose to not do something because I felt like there was someone else who could do it better than me, or perhaps because I thought it was impossible for a young college student like me to tackle something so huge.

God doesn’t need someone who is smarter, more outgoing, prettier, has a great personality or someone who can lead people to Christ through their popularity or radical testimony. He doesn’t need any of that because God is above all of that.

But God says, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young.’”  He will use us no matter our deficiencies, let's be real, we all have them.  God doesn’t look at who we currently are.  He sees what we can be when we let Him take over.

God doesn’t need someone who is smarter, more outgoing, prettier, has a great personality or someone who can lead people to Christ through their popularity or radical testimony. He doesn’t need any of that because God is above all of that. He simply needs us to say, “Yes, God I will follow after you and go and do whatever you have called me to do.” He simply needs our obedience.

Maybe you’re one who knows that God has placed a calling on your life and you feel super unqualified. Maybe you don’t even know what God has called you to do, but you still feel unqualified to even be a witness for Christ because you’ve messed up so much.

The truth is, yes you are probably unqualified in human terms, but God doesn’t care about that. He took a boy still living with his parents and who could not speak well, and used him to prophecy to the people of Jerusalem.

We need to stop focusing on our own weaknesses and shortcomings and focus on what God is calling us to do because God wants to use you, you just have to be willing and trust in Him. 

Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

 

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You're Worth It All

"But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear." Isaiah 59:2

I have grown up in the church, always hearing the gospel message about why Jesus came and died for us.  The other day I found myself asking the question, "why?" to remind myself what the Gospel message is really about. Why did God choose to send his son for us?  It was all for love!

For some reason I sometimes lose sight of the fact that love is what it was all about.  Our sin separated us from God because He is perfect holiness, and because God loves us soooo much He could not fathom the idea of being separated from His bride, the one He loves.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”  Romans 5:8-11

Lately God has been speaking words of love into my life.  It is impossible to grasp the idea of a perfect love.  Maybe that’s the reason it is so hard for me to understand someone sending their son to die because they don’t want to be separated from me, a sinful human being.

But that is not how God looks at us.  He looks past our imperfections and sees what we can be; after all He is the one who made us.  Jesus died to pay the debt we owed because of our sin, so that God can be with us all the time.

Since I am an artistic person God showed it to me this way.  You are worthy of his love because He created you.  Doesn’t a creator have a right to love their creation?  When you create a masterpiece aren’t you proud of it?  And when you're proud of something, don't you want to show it off?  Doesn’t it bring a smile to your face?  Don’t you love your creations (when they turn out)?  That is how God loves you and even more!

God created and loves you the way you are!  When you are you, and all of who YOU are, that is when you are most beautiful to God.

Then it gets messy because sin is present in our lives.  Don’t get confused because God hates sin; remember it is what causes us to be separated from him.  It is the whole reason Jesus had to die on the cross.

be true to who you are

God loves who he created us to be, not what this world has sadly told us we are.  When we really grasp what it means that God loves us and that we are worthy of His love, we will begin to shape into the person God intended and envisioned us to be.  We will see that because we are worth everything to God, there is nothing more we can do than to let go of our sinful tendencies and give our lives to him.

God could not stand the thought of being separated from us, so he made a plan to make sure that we could spend eternity with him.  He fought for you because you were and are worth it to God.

 

Finding Your Identity

We’ve all heard people, at least Christians, say that singleness is a gift, but for those who are single it can at times feel more like a burden. Why is that so? I think for starters, society tells us that there’s something wrong with you if you’ve never been in a relationship, and we hear it from people all around us. Family members that ask if you’ve met anyone new or friends wondering if anyone’s caught your eye recently. We are constantly bombarded by all these things that make those of us who are single feel like if we just had a boyfriend/girlfriend life would be so much easier. That right there is a lie that the enemy wants us to believe, and it works, because so many, myself included, have fallen into that trap. If we don’t fall for that trick we fall for the one that says being in a relationship will make you happier. Yes, being in a relationship does bring joy, but it’s not able to completely fulfill the happiness we seek.

You see, every relationship on this earth will never satisfy and complete us because we are all finite and imperfect.

Let me take a moment and talk to the girls. In the beginning when God made Eve it says that He put Adam to sleep, and took one of his ribs and made her. From the very beginning Eve’s first relationship was with God. While Adam was sleeping she found her identity in God first. It was the same for Adam. Before Eve, it was just him and God.

So, they both had to first find their identity in God before He brought Eve to Adam, and they became man and wife.

A lot of times I hear people talk about qualities and characteristics they want in their future spouse, and we tend to have some pretty high standards, which is definitely not a bad thing because I don’t believe that anyone should settle, but we tend to focus so much on what we want in this other person, that we neglect ourselves.

We all have an ideal. But if we met that perfect person, would he/(she) feel the same? Instead of spending our time seeking the “right one,” we should fix our eyes on Jesus so we can be the right one for the great guy/(gal) God has picked out for us. We need to be concerned about our relationship with Jesus before a relationship with anyone else.
— Perry Noble

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately because I have a list of qualities that I pray for my future husband to have. I look at that list and think wow those are some pretty high standards, and then I realize that if I want all these things in a guy I wouldn’t want him to expect any less from me, and I wouldn’t want to give him any less. Perry Noble said, "We all have an ideal. But if we met that perfect person, would he/(she) feel the same? Instead of spending our time seeking the “right one,” we should fix our eyes on Jesus so we can be the right one for the great guy/(gal) God has picked out for us. We need to be concerned about our relationship with Jesus before a relationship with anyone else."

To sum it up, singleness can most definitely be a gift. It gives us a chance to not be defined by a relationship, but to take the time we have being single to fall in love with our Creator, and to find our identity in who He says we are. It's a chance to begin to see ourselves through His eyes, and become the right person for the person He has chosen for us.

So as I journey on in the land of singleness I have decided to grow in my relationship with God finding who I am in Him, not some guy that may or may not like me or anything else in this world that might possibly lead me away from God. My hope is for anyone out there who is single and feels like they are "forever alone" to not worry, but trust in God because He really does have perfect timing. I know easier said than done, but God is the one who places desires inside of us, and if our desire is for a relationship that is good and pleasing to God then He will give that to you.

To end I just wanted to leave you with a few questions I borrowed from a sermon by Perry Noble http://newspring.cc/series/eveandadam/. They are 5 questions every single girl (or guy) should be asking. Take time to examine where you're at and maybe some of the reasons you desire a relationship. Basically, is it for the right or wrong reasons? If you feel like you're in the place where you're ready to be in a relationship, then just keep on praying and seeking God because He will bring the right person at the right time as long as we continually seek him.

  1. Am I Who He/She Is Looking For?
  2. Am I Desperate?
  3. Why Am I Attracted to Him/Her?
  4. Are There “Issues” With Him/Her That I’m Avoiding
  5. Is He/She God’s Best?