I was a teenage girl when God first started burdening my heart about world missions. I knew of missionaries that had come by my church, but I didn’t know them on a personal level. I perceived them as some sort of special group that I would never be worthy enough to belong to. I thought being a missionary would be a “cool” thing to do, but when God began to show me that this was the pathway He had for my life, I shied away from the idea. It wasn’t because of a lack of desire but a lack of faith that He could use me. I was just a “plain Jane,” as they say. I didn’t feel like I had any special talents or abilities to offer. I loved God and wanted to serve Him. I was faithful to church, to choir, to helping where I could. I loved my church family, but I just didn’t feel like I would ever reach that spiritual plane reserved for “missionaries.”
I thought about myself as I read my Bible this morning and I came across the story of Moses. What a man of God! Moses walked with God spiritually, and even got so close to God physically, that he had to wear a veil over his face afterwards. He was literally glowing that brightly! IMAGINE! This same man was the one who gave excuses when God called him to serve. “I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou has spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) The Lord’s reply really stood out to me, “Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11) God, the Great Creator, obviously knew Moses inside and out and had a plan to use him just as he was.
What about you my friend? Maybe God is calling you into service for him, and you think, “I can’t because ___________.” Don’t you think that God is aware of whatever you have filled in the blank with? He made you that way. He wouldn’t call you if He couldn’t use you.
About the time I finally gave up and surrendered to God, having NO clue how He would turn a normal little teenager into some missionary, He allowed me to meet some wonderful missionaries and get to know them on a personal level. Yes, they were sold out to God. Yes, they were talented, but each one in different areas. They were, however, also NORMAL people with limitations and YES a few faults. No matter who you are out there today, God can use YOU, not because of YOU but because of HIM! I love serving Him on the mission field; I would have it no other way. I have to tell you, though, that I am just one of the NORMAL people. Even now, on the field, situations will come up that I just don’t know how to handle. I am limited because I am HUMAN. My GREAT BIG GOD who called me knows all about my faults, failures, and limitations. He knows what problems I will face today or tomorrow or at any given point in time, and He already knows what HE is going to do about them.
If you are contemplating doing something great for God today, don’t hold back because you can’t. HE CAN! Is He calling you to surrender to full time service? Is He calling you to speak boldly for Him at work or at school? Is He calling those of you already in full time missionary work to step it up a little bit? Be a little bolder in your witness? Serve in a new capacity? Try something new you’ve never felt brave enough to try before? God has a beautiful plan for each of our lives wherever we may be today. Many times we say we doubt ourselves, but we are really doubting our Wonderful Creator, who knows us inside and out, still loves us, and still wants to use us. Give it all to HIM today, and you might just be amazed at what He does!