Sometimes serving God can be quite difficult. No matter how much we say we love God, or how much we actually love God, putting this love into action can be an arduous task. But, the sacrifices, the fears, the uncomfortable moments that often weave themselves into the life of a believer will always prove that dependence on God for strength, guidance, grace and love is a necessity.
I remember when God called me to start a children’s ministry at the church I’ve attended since childhood. I was terrified. I didn’t think I knew enough of the Bible, had the wisdom to handle conflict, or even the ability to teach. So, inevitably I put it off, and put it off, and put it off, until finally I let God’s voice be louder than my fear and began the ministry. The first day, I’m sure my voice was shaking from all the nerves. But week after week, the nerves calmed, and I couldn’t wait to get to that church basement on Sundays to teach and spend time with my students. The kids I served were happy to be there, and I was just as happy.
Looking back on how uncomfortable I was at the start of this journey, was quite different from the joyfulness and gratefulness I felt by the end. Each week God led me as I led them. Although I no longer teach in this ministry, that experience helped me realize that when I am weak that’s when He’s strong.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV)
Today, I invite you to listen and act on what God is calling you to do. Even if fear grips us, God will be right there to loosen fear’s grip by giving us the strength we need moment by moment.