Where you end

I’m secure enough to admit it.  From time to time, I wonder why God choose to me to be a church leader, Children’s Pastor or to be a part of a decent sized church.  Some days I feel like I am ill-equipped, too young, not smart enough, not strong enough, or a million other things.  The truth of the matter is, that is a good thing.

God does not give us everything to be a perfect leader.  He gives us a certain set of gifts, passions, and even limitations so that you can be exactly the person that He created you to be.  People were not made to attain perfection.  If we were perfect, and had every spiritual gift that we needed and were perfect leaders, we would have no need for God.

We were created with limitations so that we can learn to rely on God.  I love the way John the Baptist puts it in John 3:30.  In John’s teachings of his disciples about Jesus, he made this amazing statement: “He must become greater and I must become less.”  As people we are broken, frayed, flawed and imperfect.  The more of us that shines through, the more the flaws shine through.  When we realize that, get out of God’s way and allow Him to work, He will really show up and do things beyond our imagination.

When you come to your end, God is just getting started.

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2 thoughts on “Where you end

  1. Brad, first, I appreciate your service to the Body, and I am glad to be a apart of those who desire to equip others for the work of the Kingdom.

    As I read this post, I had to stop and pause. On the surface what you say looks humble and pious, and has a great religious ring to it. In fact, most would “Amen,” and ‘preach it” as they heard you speak. But the truth you share is only partial in its delivery.

    In Job, we find Elihu speaking to some people (Job 32). He says in verse 8 “But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.” He realizes that the spirit in a man is equipped to minister, despite the limitations of the flesh, and the unrenewed state of the soul.

    Paul encourages Timothy, “Let no man despise thy youth.” We find in the word that we are ‘complete in Him, lacking nothing’ and that we ‘have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ’.

    When you identify with your inability to do what God has created and commanded you to do, you are not being humble, you are being contrary to His word. Humility is believing what the Word says about you. Nothing more, nothing less.

    The part that is true is that in your flesh dwells no good thing, and if you are ministering out of your flesh you are correct in saying you have nothing to offer. But, if you minister out of your regenerated Spirit, than you are offering those around you the very water of life which you have been infused with.

    There is a dual truth: apart from Him, you can do nothing; with Christ, nothing is impossible.

    I would hesitate to say that identifying with your flesh instead of your Lord is a good thing or a desirable thing.

    Again, I appreciate what you do, and am in no way trying to criticize what you are doing, but rather, I hope to bring the body into the fullness of maturity, that we might all bring Him Glory.

    Be blessed in Him.

    • Friend, thank you for the kind words, and encouragement. I must have been unclear in my initial writing, because that was my main point, I’ll use your words: “apart from HIm, you can do nothing; with Christ, nothing is impossible.” Perhaps I focused to much on the human part of it and not enough on the divine.

      Thanks for reading, and thanks for opening up the dialogue.

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