Here’s What to Remember When You Feel Unqualified

“Do you want to come to my Bible study?”

This may sound like a simple question, but those nine words caused more stuttering and awkward sweating than you could possibly imagine. Because when I asked them, I was a 16-year-old, brand-new Christian with severe social anxiety. Combine those factors with a high school cafeteria that resembled shark-infested waters, it seemed obvious that I was at the wrong school — and I was definitely the wrong guy — to pull this off.

After a few weeks of going from table to table, asking people to join my Bible study, something weird happened inside of me. My commitment to communicating the love of Christ began to eclipse my insecurity. Don’t get me wrong, I was still awkward — and it was still terrifying — but something in me knew that God had it under control. So, invite after invite, I kept at it.

Maybe you’re like me. You’ve had an urge to do something great, but you don’t feel like you have what it takes. You look at yourself now compared where you’d hope to be — or possibly even where you used to be, and you think to yourself, “There’s no way.”

You’re not alone. In fact, countless people have felt this way — including a powerful military leader from Scripture named Gideon. However, when we meet Gideon in Judges 6, he isn’t known as a powerful military leader yet. In fact, he’s known as “the runt of his litter…in the weakest clan” (v. 15 MSG) and he, like the rest of his country, was in hiding because Israel was oppressed by a much stronger nation.

Sound like an unlikely candidate? He was.

It’s in Gideon’s fear and apparent mediocrity that God sends an angel to call Gideon a “warrior” that will “save Israel.” Naturally, Gideon asks, “why me?” — surely there were plenty of people that were far more qualified. God heard Gideon and didn’t waste time with hollow ego-boosters. He told Gideon what mattered most: I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.” (Judges 6:16 MSG)

God’s presence and promise helps Gideon conquer his insecurity, but next he must conquer an army that was four times larger than his. As if things didn’t seem impossible already, God told Gideon, “You have too large an army with you. I can’t turn Midian over to them like this — they’ll take all the credit, saying, ‘I did it all myself,’ and forget about me.” (Judges 7:2 MSG) He asked Gideon to cut the army from 32,000 men to 300 men. Why? Because it was never the men that would win the battle — it was God. And in the process, He’d get Gideon’s heart and the glory, one step of obedience at a time.

Spoiler alert: Since Gideon trusted God, God made the impossible, possible. Israel won the battle decisively, and everyone who heard about the victory knew that God was the reason for it. Gideon’s battle isn’t a story of lacking; it’s a story of God’s sufficiency. Just like my battle and yours.

You may be wondering what happened to that little Bible study we started. Because of God, that little three person Bible study was soon filling the large gym with the same students who initially wanted nothing to do with it. It wasn’t smooth or comfortable, but people heard what mattered: the truth about Jesus. It’s in moments like these I’m reminded that when we bring our available hearts, God brings His perfect power.

God already has exactly what He needs to use you — just like He did with Gideon, and just like He did with me.

The big question is: Will you trust Him enough to do it?

If you feel unqualified and want to conquer insecurity and be used powerfully by God, check out this Bible Plan:

Written by Blair Reynolds.

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