Feelings of Inadequacy at the Moment of Ministry
The last worship song concludes, and I am being introduced. I am about to stand in the pulpit of an internationally renowned expositor of the Word of God. Over a thousand people are sitting in anticipation of a timely, meaningful Word from God.
Messages of defeat floods my mind. Who am I to stand before these people? I do not have any real claim to fame. Am I prepared enough to capture their attention, change their lives? Will I misquote a text, stumble over or forget one of my points?
My emotional energy drains as visions of utter failure replaces faith with fear. Feelings of inadequacy!
Are you confronted with your inadequacy at the moment of ministry, whether public or private? How do you recover at the critical moment? Over the years, the following three spiritual disciplines have helped strengthen me and increase my faith.
Remembering My Identity in Christ
I am a child of God, gifted by the Spirit of God for the benefit of the people of God and the glory of God (Ephesians 1:3-14; 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11). I reflect upon God’s Word, and silently engage in fellowship while thanking Him for His abundant grace upon me!
Purifying My Motives
Just as God loves me; He loves His people. He paid an incredible price for them! His desire is to minister to His people. As a minister of God, the focus is not my fame, but rather the good of God’s people and God’s glory. He has chosen to minister His grace through me to His people (1 Corinthians 3:9-13).
Meditating on timeless truths and dependence upon the ever-present Holy Spirit enable me to stand and proclaim.
Expecting God’s Fruit
Believing that I am God’s servant for the moment with confidence in His presence and power, I ask for fruit that will remain. Life transformation is not the fruit of human cleverness, but rather the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 3:5-8). Faith energizes me faithfully to communicate God’s Word expecting fruit to His glory.
Join the Conversation
What disciplines assist you in dispelling defeating doubts?
What strengthens your faith and drives you faithfully to communicate the Word of God with confidence?