When I launched Him to Me to You, I was anxious. I was overwhelmingly afraid. I was not afraid of people not liking my writing. I was not afraid that God wouldn’t give me inspiration. I was not afraid of going unnoticed. What I was afraid of was something that challenges me in every aspect of my faith. I was afraid that people that have seen me make mistakes and have seen my character at its worst would read what I had to say and write it off as absolutely fake. Fake is a terrifying word. Fake is the word the Pharisees will face at their judgment. Fake is the word that anyone can use against someone if they want to completely undo any ounce of self-assurance that they may have been carrying. Nobody, not even truly fake people, wants to hold true to an identity that they really believe about themselves and have someone write it off as ingenuine. The obstacle that I am consistently facing is wanting to take a few steps forward for the Lord, but shying away. Not because I’m afraid of anyone judging me for my faith, but because I’m afraid of people disqualifying me for doing God’s work before I’ve even begun.
I’m sure we’ve all been here. It looks different for everyone. Maybe you’ve wanted to raise your hands during worship, but you don’t because others might wonder why you of all people would do something so godly. Maybe you’ve felt uncomfortable with how your friends are talking about others, but you don’t speak up because they could easily give you an account of every time that you’ve gossiped. Maybe you’re in a relationship that isn’t healthy, but you’re afraid to make things right because your partner will wonder why you suddenly want something different than how things have always been. Maybe you genuinely want to reach out to someone and love on them, but you’re afraid that they won’t want anything to do with you because you must just be acting fake.
If you’ve been here, I’ve made a list of six things you should absolutely remember in these times of feeling disqualified.
- We were made for this. Each and every human being was crafted fearfully and wonderfully to carry out God’s good work. Every cell in our bodies was designed to submit to the will of the Lord and follow His calling on our lives.
- From an eternal perspective, obedience is always more important. In a world of immediacy and wanting to at least put on a good show until we die, it’s easy to forget that this world is not our home. We are called to believe in what Christ has done for us so that we may dwell in heaven with him for eternity. When the end of this extremely temporary world approaches, we are going to want to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” We don’t need to succumb to the pressure of other people because their judgments will wash away. When it comes to eternity, all that matters is serving God.
- If someone disapproves of you following Jesus, they are not someone you need the approval of. It feels so natural to get caught up in people-pleasing. We love to be liked and to feel approved-of. But, we shouldn’t be quick to assume that everyone around us knows what’s best for us and has any sort of authority to judge our actions. Of course, we should have people in our lives that help us walk in the right direction. But, if it seems as though the people you seek the approval of are leading you against the Word of God, they are not a good choice for counsel.
- God will never call you into something that He hasn’t fully equipped you for. If God is calling us somewhere, He is never going to just plop us down and hope we can figure it out. He has equipped us with His Spirit and has had us written into His plan from the beginning. He has prepared us for each step forward that we take in His name and will never abandon us in the treacherous journey that following Him can be. If you are following a call from God, you never need to be afraid because He has every intention to carry you through every step of the way.
- The more you align yourself with God’s will, the more you become like Jesus. Jesus lived perfectly sinless and never let anything stand in between him and following his Father. With each “yes” that we give God, we are one step closer to living as Jesus lived. Our lives will always become more fulfilling and purposeful as we learn to walk in Jesus’ footsteps.
- Jesus has already won the fight. Every thought that runs through our heads that makes us feel disqualified to do the good work of God is a direct attack from Satan. When Jesus rose from the grave, he defeated sin and death. Satan has already lost, he just wants to bring as many of us down with him as he can. When you feel tempted to remain quiet about the goodness of Jesus, that’s probably when you should be your loudest. Satan would not feel the need to tempt you into silence if he didn’t feel threatened by you and the light that you could bring into the world. Jesus has already won. You are living in victory through him, and it is your responsibility to bring everyone else up with you.
My prayer for each and every one of you is that you never let fear stop you from running towards the Lord and living each moment for Him. Regardless of what anyone on this earth might think or say, we have a forever home waiting for us and a forever God that can’t wait to congratulate us for our steadfastness. Everyone’s eternity is at stake, so shine as brightly as you can and hold true to what you were made to do.
From Him to me to you,