We all have moments when we feel inadequate and unqualified to do what we do.
If God calls you to do something you’re passionate about, the passion may die down when you think someone else knows how to do it better than you.
You may also think that because of the things that happened in your past, you feel unqualified to fulfill God’s calling.
Remember, God is still calling you when you feel inadequate. No matter how uncomfortable you feel, He is still calling you.
God is your source when it comes to finding your purpose and helping you when you feel inadequate.
Moses Felt Inadequate
Exodus 3:2-13 And then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire.
Moses left Egypt after he killed an Egyptian. Guilt and shame were probably consuming him. I think Moses felt inadequate before God. Moses hid his face, even though he knew it was God in the flame of fire.
I try to imagine being Moses, and experiencing those same emotions in that same exact situation. If I put myself in Moses’ shoes, I think I would probably do the same thing.
How many of you turn your head away from God, because there’s things from your past that you don’t want to face? You think God couldn’t use you because you cheated on someone, or had sex, or did other things that are not pleasing in the sight of God.
You carry guilt, shame, resentment and bitterness around with you, which hinders you from walking in the purpose that God has called you to do.
I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the chosen of Israel, out of Egypt. But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children out of Israel out of Egypt?”
He said, “But I will be with you.”
It’s reassuring to know that God will be with you whenever you feel inadequate.
Have you ever felt unqualified to do what God is calling you to do?
How can you feel purpose in the midst of chaos, or in the midst of shame and guilt? Below are three points to encourage you on this journey.
1. Your past may be painful, but it’s purpose is powerful.
God still wants to use you no matter what you did in your past. Whatever past experiences you had, either done to you, or something happened in your life, God still wants to use you.
You may have been abused as a child. Your parents may be divorced and they may have fought all the time. Maybe you’ve overcome cancer.
Regardless of your past, or the situation, you can go to scripture for help.
Moses was questioning and hiding his face from God, and God tells him that he’s going to be leading the people of Israel out of Egypt.
Moses went from being a murderer to being a leader.
And many of you are thinking, how can I go from shame to purpose, or guilt to purpose, or abused to purpose.
Moses is a great example of how it can be done.
2. Don’t question where God wants to take you.
Open your heart and tell God you’re ready and available for wherever He wants to take you. Tell Him you’re willing, even if it becomes uncomfortable.
We become free when we open our hearts. Be willing to forgive anyone from your past. Don’t play the victim role anymore.
Then you are able to get rid of bondage and free yourself to walk in purpose and know God’s will for our life. You will begin to look at His word from a different perspective.
If you want to find out God’s will for your life, don’t turn to social media to find your purpose. Turn to His Word to find out what He says about you. Scripture will come alive for you when you start reading it.
And God said:
v12: But I will be with you and this shall be the sign for you that I have sent you, when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, the God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me what is His name, what shall I say to them.”
Then God said to Moses:
I AM who I AM. Say this to the people of Israel, I Am has sent me to you.
3. The enemy tries to invade your story all the time.
The enemy is trying to get you agitated to where you think God doesn’t see you or God doesn’t notice you.
You begin to think, “What’s the point of this? What am I supposed to be doing? Does this even matter?”
I am a big believer, especially right now, that the influence of where you are, is just as important as if you were on TV or had a bazillion followers and likes.
Too many of us are waiting to have this great success, or all these followers and likes and comments, before stepping up into our role of influence.
And what’s happening is, you’re being weighed down by the lie’s of the enemy. You really need to stand up where you are, whether you’re a stay at home mom, stay at home dad, or you go to work, it doesn’t matter.
You have a circle of people you see, or places you go every day, where you have the power to influence. Especially in your home, to your husband, to your kids, or to your family members.
When the enemy tries to rewrite your story, or tries to tell you lies, just remember, God already wrote your story. Amen.
I always found it fascinating that God consumed the bush, but the bush never burned.
Why didn’t the bush burn, even though God was there?
I wrote this in my notes, and I wanted to share it with you: ‘I think it’s another sign from God that He doesn’t come to kill or destroy.’
He didn’t come to kill or destroy anything. He came here because He loves us. That trumps everything.
The Moments You Feel Inadequate and Unqualified
Moses is one of my favorite stories, because there are times I have to say exactly what Moses said, “Who am I? Who am I to write a book about marriage? Who am I to walk in authority and start a mentorship program based on purpose? Who am I?”
When you begin to feel inadequate, don’t turn to social media or the world. Turn to the Word of God.
Your past has so much purpose, and you are walking in it today. Tell God you’re open, you’re ready, and you’re available. Don’t close yourself off.
Do you have any other tips for someone who might feel unqualified to do what they’re passionate about? Let me know in the comments.