SKILLS OR FAITH?

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10, NIV)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three of the most dangerous occupations in the United States are those of a logger, an airline pilot, and a fisherman.

Logging

Of course, a logger deals with the tremendous weight and unpredictable nature of falling trees. A pilot faces the danger of working tens of thousands of feet above the ground. And a commercial fisherman constantly runs the risk of drowning.

In the ancient world the job of messenger might have topped this list. Like most people, ancient rulers hated getting bad news. However, unlike most other people, they had the power to do something about it, and they did – by executing the person who delivered the news! When the Roman emperor Tiberius received an astrological prediction he didn’t like, he hurled the messenger off a cliff.

So who can blame Moses for being reluctant to deliver the news to Pharaoh that the Israelites, his slave laborers, were hitting the road? God gave Moses an assignment no one would envy. And like most unenthusiastic recruits, Moses tried to talk his way out of the job. He pointed out that Pharaoh probably wouldn’t listen to him. And Moses reminded God that public speaking wasn’t his forte. (Exodus 6:1–13, NIV)

Moses didn’t realize that the success of his mission didn’t depend on his skills; it depended on his faithfulness. God could have sent anyone to deliver the message to Pharaoh – even one of Moses’ sheep. But God picked Moses instead. And he gave Moses the strength and skills he needed to complete the assignment.

That’s important to remember when it comes to the things God calls us to do. Just as it was for Moses, it’s easy for us to reason and argue with God. “But God, I don’t have the skills to be a leader at church.” Or, “God, why don’t you send someone else? No one will listen to what I have to say.”

Yet what we see as our own weaknesses shouldn’t stop us from carrying out our God-given assignments, because with our marching orders come God’s strength and help. Remember, the success of our mission doesn’t depend on our skills. It depends on our faithfulness.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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19 Comments on “SKILLS OR FAITH?”


  1. I love this post. I’ve always felt that God particularly wants to use those of us that feel the least competent. So that it will be clearly obvious to other’s and ourselves, that the fruits of our labors are from God Himself working in us. Thereby, bringing God all the glory, for we couldn’t have done it on our own.

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  2. Marie Says:

    What an encouragement this post is!

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  3. kiwiskan Says:

    My husband and I had decided together that there was no way we wanted to work with children. God decided to show us that was where he wanted us. We’ve worked with kids – and loved it – ever since!

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  4. Great post, Dave! I love the last paragraph – “Yet what we see as our own weaknesses shouldn’t stop us from carrying out our God-given assignments, because with our marching orders come God’s strength and help. Remember, the success of our mission doesn’t depend on our skills. It depends on our faithfulness.”
    So true!

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  5. Rad change Says:

    Thanks for the reminder that our call is to be faithful.

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  6. […] from the blog WORKING FOR CHRIST as you begin your week thinking about being obedient in faith. – Dr. […]

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  7. Just what I needed to re-hear again today. Thanks and blessings on your week.

    janet

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  8. pjohio Says:

    Reblogged this on humble servants community church and commented:
    Ran into this a few days back and thought it was well worth sharing.
    Have a great weekend!

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