When I was given this honor to be a guest writer on my friend’s blog, I was thrilled. From the minute I found out I was mulling over ideas and post topics, but nothing was coming to me. I thought about it constantly. With all that time spent thinking and none of it spent writing, my deadline was quickly approaching. I had done nothing. It was not because I didn’t take this opportunity seriously or didn’t care that I had a responsibility, but it was the fact that when the Lord finally showed me what I was to write on I got scared. I got nervous. I started feeling like this wasn’t something I should be doing.
With these thoughts swirling through my mind I knew that the topic the Lord had put on my heart was something I could NOT write on.
So, what did I do? I didn’t do anything.
Then, like a pile of bricks, it hit me in the face. Who was I to squash something that the Lord had put on my heart. This topic was exactly what I needed to be dwelling on. It was exactly what I had to write on. I had to do this because it was something that I experience first-hand. I know what needs to be done. I know the truths. That doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t believe that I am the only person who goes through this or will go through this.
So, without further ado…
All That We Do…
Has the Lord ever put something on your heart that you know is so right, but then you’re struck with fear. You are immobilized by this fear. I have. I have felt that way multiple times.
Why do we feel this way? What is it that we fear?
Jesus tells us 365 times in the Bible not to fear. There you have it. You’ve been cured. That’s it. We can all go on our merry way now.
No! That’s not just how it works. Yes, Jesus does tell us not to fear, but that doesn’t mean it is all that easy of a command to obey.
I want to share a few things that I have learned and yet still need to be reminded of.
With me it tends to be three things that I fear or what holds me back.
- Fear of inadequacy
- Fear of unacceptance / rejection
- Fear of failure
Those three fears have three positive counterparts.
- We all have a gift – 1 Timothy 1:14
- We serve Jesus and not men – Colossians 3:23 and 1 Thessalonians 2:4
- When we wholeheartedly serve Jesus, we are honoring Him. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
We All Have a Gift
My first point is that we were all given gifts. Jesus has given us certain abilities and in doing that he expected us to make good use of them.
” Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” 1 Timothy 4:14
Here is Paul telling Timothy not to neglect the gift he has.
Paul is basically saying, “Timothy, don’t be sleeping on this gift you have. Make sure you use it!”
That goes for us too. We all have certain gifts and talents that the Lord gave us and wants us to use. Jesus doesn’t want us to be sleeping on those gifts. But the root of this solution is our fear of inadequacy. Maybe you feel you just aren’t good enough at what your doing or what your supposed to be doing. I know that sometimes I feel that way. I love writing but when I see other people writing well and doing what I want to be doing I start to feel that maybe my contribution isn’t necessary. I start to feel self-conscious that maybe I shouldn’t put my words out there because people are already doing that and what could I contribute to the group.
That is where my thinking and so many other people’s thinking is flawed. We are striving to be as good as everyone else or feel that we won’t ever be as good as everyone else so why even bother. We shouldn’t be worried about everyone else. We might not be as good as everyone else, but the Lord did give us a gift and expects us to use them. With the gift that he gave us, we are as good at what we are doing as we need to be. We don’t need to compare ourselves to everyone else because matter-of-factly nobody can contribute what you can.
So, in short, Jesus gave us each a special gift and He expects us to use those special gifts.
We Serve Jesus and Not Men
Another thing that makes me fearful of using my gift is the fear of rejection or unacceptance. “What will people think?” , “Will people like it?” , “Will people think that this is silly?” , ect. – questions like these run through my mind.
I must stop myself when I ask myself questions like that. I do not do what I do to please people. I should be doing what I am doing for God. If my main goal is to get acceptance and praise from people, then I am in this for all the wrong reasons.
An additional point is that we can take comfort in knowing that if we are wholeheartedly serving Jesus and still rejected by people, that the Lord is still pleased that we did it all for him.
It is easy to get caught up in the desire for human acceptance, but remember what the Bible says in Colossians and 1 Thessalonians.
“And whatsoever ya do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” Colossians 3:23
“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4
When We Wholeheartedly Serve Jesus, We Are Honoring Him
For my final point, the last major thing we fear when we are going to do something for the Lord is failing. Failing is a scary idea. It means that what we put our heart and soul into didn’t measure up and was basically a bust. I chose 1 Corinthians 10:31 to tie to this point because it is one of my favorite verses.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
In everything we do are to glorify God. This is almost restating my last point, but it is still important. It might be a little discouraging when I say that failure is inevitable. We will fail at things. While failing is disheartening, if we were truly honoring the Lord in our endeavors then even our failures are pleasing to Him.
Wrapping it Up.
To bring all of this to a concise ending, I want to leave you with this.
You were given gifts and Jesus expects you to use them. You are good enough to do these things because God purposed it in your heart to do so. Not everybody is going to love what you do. Thankfully, we don’t seek their praise, but we seek to glorify God. Failure is inevitable. We can still honor God through our failures and that is what is most important. May we do all that we do unto the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom.
I am so thankful yo have had this opportunity to share these things with you today. I hope what I said will help you see that you were created by God yo do great things for His kingdom. I pray that you will discover what those things are and go for it! In Christ you are more than capable.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. – Palms 139:14
All my love and prayers,