“The only way I can begin to fulfill the call of God is by keeping my convictions out of the way, my convictions as to what I imagine I am fitted for. The fitting goes much deeper down than one’s natural equipping.” ~O. Chambers
How often do we limit God by saying, “Surely you don’t mean you want me to do that, or go there, God – my talents lie in this other direction”? We assume that because we are skilled in one area, that God will use us only in that area. We like to stay safely inside our comfort zones, unwilling to venture out and do something radical for the Lord. We argue that we are only fitted for a certain branch of service, and aren’t qualified to serve in any other area.
But we can only truly fulfill the call of God when we realize how unfitted we are for any service.
When you think about it, God doesn’t need to use us to reach lost people. He’s perfectly capable of snapping His fingers and making everyone get saved, without our help. Why doesn’t He do this? He wants to use us – but this can only happen when we realize how helpless we are, in and of ourselves. Remember what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:26-28:
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.
When God calls you and I to service, it won’t be comfortable. It won’t be easy. In fact, it will probably be way outside of our comfort zones, in an area that we think we could never succeed in. But this is the joy of surrendered living – when we are concerned only with following God, we don’t have to succeed in the world’s eyes. The only thing that really matters is God.