Do you want to be confident in who God made you to be?
Do feelings of insecurity hold you back from moving forward with something God has put on your heart to pursue?
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7
Last week I wrote, Why You Can Be Confident In Christ—that confidence doesn’t come from our abilities but in Christ who gives us the confidence to use them.
This week, I want to share some more specific ways you can stand with assurance when God calls you to live out your purpose and calling.
Appreciate the Gifts and Abilities God Has Given You
Just as our confidence comes “in him,” our gifts and abilities also come from the Lord. They are given to us by his grace and put to use by his grace. Knowing God gives me the grace to use my gifts, makes me bold so I can step out in faith when I feel God prompting me to do something.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans: 12:6 NIV
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
Remember God Makes You Adequate
Sometimes God calls us to do things that are out of our comfort zone–maybe even minister in a way we don’t feel gifted or qualified in. He may want us to fill a need that doesn’t align with our “gifts” or that we just don’t really feel like doing.
If God is calling you to serve in or out of your ability level, He will make you an adequate servant.
I was in a traveling church choir in high school, even though I’m not gifted with a great singing voice. I’m scared to death to speak in front of groups, but I’ve shared my testimony in MOPS, women’s Bible studies, and church.
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate servants of the new covenant. 2 Corinthians 3:4
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
I wish I could add the following to my blog bio description: Speaker. I admire women who speak because they just seem so confident in who God made them to be. But I just don’t feel called to be a public speaker—at least not yet. Lord, Please Don’t Send Me to Africa, that song from the 90’s comes to mind. (I know, I’m dating myself.)
I love writing because I don’t feel like I communicate well verbally. In my very first blog post I wrote:
“I have always had a passion for writing. I feel like I speak two languages and am only fluent in one. I cannot speak the thoughts I’m able to write down. The person who I really am is the one hidden behind the words that are stirring in my heart and mind. These words are not capable of expressing themselves verbally. They are only expressed when they flow from my mind to my fingers.”
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6
Wishing to be gifted like someone else is actually silly. Just check out this verse:
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:15-20 NIV
Our abilities and gifts may be different, but our purpose is the same—to live out His calling in our lives.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4: 11-13 NIV
Let God Use Your Weakness to Show His Strength
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
I experienced intense anxiety before those public speaking engagements. But every single time, as soon as I began speaking, God’s peace overcame me. The power of the Holy Spirit took over my nerves and even my shaking hands.
Even in our areas of giftedness, we may doubt our capability. I just read a FB thread in my writing group from authors who have secured book contracts after years of pursuing a message God laid on their heart. But suddenly they feel paralyzed by the expectation of their gift, and fear suddenly blocks the flow of words.
God will often stop us in our tracks to show us where the power comes from. He will use draft after draft and effort after effort to perfect His strength in us so that we might feel God’s power working through us as we rest in His strength and not our own.
Be Brave and Say Yes to the Next Step
Each time I take the next step and do the next thing I build up my confidence in Christ and experience God’s grace and power firsthand.
In 100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs says,
I never felt brave. But day after day, I just did the next thing, took the next step, said the next yes.
Now I find myself lifting my foot for the next step with a little less fear and a little more confidence–because I know when my foot lands on the ground, God is already there. He’s my sure foundation. The solid rock upon which I stand.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:6 NIV
What’s the next step for you? How can you walk in the confidence of Christ this year? I would love for you to share in the comments below.