I am of the mindset that each of us are special in the sight of God. To that end each and every one of us has a purpose according to God. And as well we have a calling that God has placed within each of us.
During the course of life’s journey some us I would image will find our purpose early on and be about the business of fulfilling it. While for others it may come at a later point in life. But in God’s eyes and in his infinite wisdom he alone has the perfect time and place for when we will under take the purpose and calling that he has for us. Perhaps it may not make sense to us in our minds, but we are called to remember that our thoughts are not his thoughts, and his time and way is perfect.
To this end as I have been writing this morning I have found myself on more that one occasion asking God, “Are you sure that you want me to do this?” To be honest, I have asked God maybe you have the wrong person? I am not a writer, and by all accounts I am a very ordinary person. Who am I that you would call on me to be a writer? Surely there is someone more qualified than me to be the writer you are looking for.
All of us if the truth were to be told, have our moments when we may ask the Lord if he is sure about what he is asking us to do. In our natural state we are inclined to think that maybe the task that the Lord is placing before is more than we can handle. But I would remind us of that fact that if we have doubts about our calling, we are not alone in having them. Those who came before us as well, many of whom we will find in our bible as well were filled with doubt or anxiety.
From our Bible we can indeed find many an individual who am I sure were challenged with the question of Why Not You/Why Not Me.
From the book of Exodus we find of course the story of Moses. Moses during the course of his life was being prepared for the challenge that laid before him. But when the time came, and he was given the task and challenge of being a leader, a difference maker, I am sure that his initial response was “not me, send someone else. Who am I to lead such a cause? Moses, a man who wasn’t the greatest of speakers, Moses, a man who was at one time a sheepherder, surely felt that it would be someone else who would answer God’s call. But at an appointed time a question was asked of Moses “Why Not You?”
Though certainly filled with doubt and perhaps even wrestling with fear Moses put it all aside and responded simply….”Why Not Me!! Moses moved beyond his doubts and fears, looked forward and not behind him, stood tall and said “Why Not Me!”
The story of Moses is but one we find in our bible. But if by chance we were curious to reflect upon a more modern story I would encourage us to turn to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King prior to even beginning his journey as a crusader for racial equality, had his doubts. Dr. King actually had doubts about becoming a preacher due to having doubts about many Christianity claims. However he eventually concluded that the Bible possessed many profound truths that one could not escape and at the age of 18 years old he entered the ministry. Yes even Dr. King had his doubts and I am sure fears, but there came that moment when he said, “Why Not Me.”
It is easy to point to individuals such as Moses or even Dr. King and say that they were special. They were someone whom God had a special purpose for. But if there is one thing that I have learned in my life time it’s that God is no respecter of person. The purpose and mission that he has for each of us is ours alone. As I have come to understand whatever God calls you for he will equip you for. If he calls you, rest assure he will qualify you for it. And when he appoints you he will anoint you.
Why Not You/Why Not Me. The challenge for each of as Christians and as representatives of the body of Christ is not to lulled into thinking who am I that you would call me, nor do we want to be afraid of what our calling may be, but instead declare not just by our words but most of all by our actions that in God we trust, and we know that with each moment of every day that through him all things are possible, for as he is with us, then we shall not fail.
To God Be The Glory
Alan T. Black