"So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” - Hebrews 13:6 (NLT)
Fear doesn’t discriminate. It affects all races, people of all ages, and doesn't care whether you're male or female.
A few years ago, my grandma challenged me to do something that (I'm ashamed to admit) annoyed me. She was a pastor of a church in Harlem for over 30 years, and I used to help her in her ministry.
One day, she asked me if I would lead the worship service on Sunday. Even though I've led the worship service before, it was always strange to me when she asked because I'm not a singer nor a soloist.
I was afraid of what people would say about the way I sounded.
Usually, when she asked me to lead worship, I would grumble a little, drag my feet, and then do it. But something was different that day.
I had just gone to an event where the speaker challenged us to step up. He mentioned that God doesn't call us to do what's comfortable, He calls us to address a need.
My grandma needed someone to lead the worship service on Sundays, and even though I felt unqualified, I was called to address that need.
When Sunday came around, my perspective was what was different. I decided to look at leading worship as an opportunity to be a blessing to someone.
When I got to the front of the chapel and began singing, I realized I wasn’t as nervous as I had been previously. All eyes were on me, and I got through it without anyone laughing—not that anyone would, but that was my irrational fear.
I was recently thinking about the story in Matthew 11:3 where John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"
There were many false messiahs in Israel, and Jesus' ministry wasn't what John expected. John's life was on the line, and he had doubts.
But Jesus proved himself to be true.
When God calls you to do something, it's okay to have doubts, you're human. He often calls us to do things that can make us question whether it's really Him or not.
You might be praying for a boat, and God gives you some wood to start building. There's a purpose for every task that He gives you.
Bring your doubts to God, and He will assure you that if you place your trust in Him, He will equip you with everything you need to get the job done. All you need to do is say yes, "I am the right person for the job."
"So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” - Hebrews 13:6
I challenge you to do something that makes you uncomfortable this week. Whatever God has placed on your heart to do, take a step of faith and do it.
God has already chosen you to be the right person for the job and will help you. Step up and answer His call.
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