By Rebecca Murzin
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.Psalm 139:13-16
I know I wrote earlier this year about how God has given me an urgency to share about him to others and all those around me. This still consumes my thoughts and drives me. God desires that all should come to Him (2 Peter 3:9). He has called all of us to be salt (Matthew 5:13), and salt can make you thirsty. If we are salt, we should be making all those we come into contact thirsty for the living water. This thought can sometimes become overwhelming.I mean it sounds good and yes I want to do it but how? Have you ever thought “Who am I? I am not smart enough, eloquent enough in speech. I am not bold enough or brave enough!” It is a natural thought, and some of the people God used most powerfully had those same thoughts. Moses argued with God about his ability (Exodus 3:11, 4:10).
I have just started reading 1 Corinthians in the morning and saw this ( 1 Corinthians 2:1-4) “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,”
Paul, who God used so powerfully and who wrote much of the New Testament states he did not use lofty speech. He was proclaiming God’s word in weakness, he was afraid and he did it anyway. Wow, how refreshing to realize I don’t have to know it all! I don’t have to have it all together and be eloquent in speech. It’s ok to be weak and afraid! Those are two things that are so hard for me to admit.
Maybe we can just stop trying to figure it all out. What to say, when to say it, and how to say it. Maybe we don’t have to feel strong or brave. Maybe it’s ok to be afraid.
God’s Holy Spirit is living in us. He knows all and He is all powerful. We all know Christ crucified, and that is enough! Paul did not use worldly wisdom but demonstrated the power of God.
God has done so much for me and I am sure for you. We can all testify to Christ crucified and can all share and show the mighty power of God working in our lives. We can glorify Him in what He has done and let others see it. We can share Christ and we don’t have to be eloquent. Let the Spirit of God in us lead us in our conversations and in all we do. Let our heart overflow with gratitude and praise and share what God is doing in our everyday lives. Stop overthinking it. Stop trying to be good enough, smart enough, bold enough, and brave enough. Many of the people that God used powerfully were none of these things! Satan works rigorously to make us think we need to be more or different than we are so that he can stop us from sharing the simplicity of the Gospel and to stop us from demonstrating the power of God to those around us. God uses the weak.
You are enough! You are fearfully and wonderfully made and a child of the most high. Quit worrying about being all of these things we think we need to be to share Christ. Quit thinking I can’t, someone else needs to. You are enough and you know enough because Jesus died for you and gave you the Holy Spirit who dwells in you So, therefore you have enough. Let’s make people thirsty!