Thursday, April 4, 2013

Good Despite...

Sometimes we need a good reminder that it's definitely not about our ability.  It's about our availability. I've needed this reminder a lot recently as I decided to take a step of faith with resigning from my current job...without having another job lined up. Thankfully the Lord knows exactly what we need and He allowed me to read this reminder that I want to share with you.

These excerpts are from Undaunted by Christine Caine:
What's the Mission: Impossible you've been declining because you claim you're not up to it? And when will you finally accept that appointment with destiny?

He [God] chooses each of us to do something for him despite our past failures, limitations, and inadequacies. Abraham was old (Genesis 17:1, 24:1), Sarah was impatient (Genesis 16), Noah got drunk (Genesis 9:20-27), Miriam was a gossiper (Numbers 12:1-2), Jacob was a cheater (Genesis 25-27), Jonah ran away (Jonah 1:3), David had an affair (2 Samuel 11-12), Elijah was moody - one minute bold and courageous and the next fearful and on the run (1 Kings 18-19), Peter had a temper (John 18: 10), Paul was a persecutor (Acts 8:3, 9:1-2), Martha was a worrier (Luke 10:40-41), Thomas doubted (John 20:24-26), Zacchaeus was short (Luke 19:3), and Lazarus was dead (John 11:14-44). But God had a purpose for each of these people. He chose them. He qualified them. He called them, just as He is calling you and me - to go and do in His name. And when He calls us, the name He calls us by is the one He used in the very beginning (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:20-23): "Good."

That list of people that I admire and glean from are just that, people. They didn't always say yes right away or do it the first time when asked. They didn't always have a cheerful heart or right attitude. They weren't perfect. And yet these people accomplished so much for the Kingdom. They are "good."

We are "good." We have the opportunity to leave a legacy as pioneers, trailblazers, and world changers. When we partner with Christ...we can accomplish anything despite our abilities or lack there of because it's not us who has to do it. We can rest in knowing that God is in control and responsible to complete the work through us. We are only responsible to do what the Holy Spirit asks us to do...He'll do the rest. He gives all that we need to accomplish what He asks us to do.

Did you just feel a ton of weight lift off your shoulders when you read that? You should. His yoke is easy and light. And He's always sooooo good, so He's always going to take care of you! And guess what...He's in a good mood too! It's His pleasure to do it. Phew! I feel reassured. And when I don't, all I have to do is remind myself of who He is and who I am to Him.

Rest. It's a beautiful thing!