A Call for “The Little Engines” That Can’t
Wherever the details of a ‘calling’ are recorded in the Bible, the person who God calls always expresses self-doubt. For example, Moses doubted his importance and his eloquence (Exodus 3:11; 4:10-13); Isaiah was concerned of his own sinfulness and his complicity with the sinful culture of his day (Isaiah 6:5); and Gideon saw himself as weak and insignificant (Judges 6:15). And here we see Jeremiah concerned that he was too young.
The lesson for us is that God calls people who are aware of their weaknesses and inadequacies. That is because we look to God when we are aware of our insufficiency; we look to God when we know that we cannot do anything without Him. As The Bible puts it:
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." ~ James 4:6
God calls on those who are humble enough to recognize their complete insufficiency and hopelessness without His sustaining power. Therefore, we might ask ourselves, “Am I ‘inadequate’ enough for God to call me?” This is completely opposite to our usual approach where many of us look at ourselves and say, “God cannot use me, I am just not good enough.” God wants to use you, BECAUSE you know you are not good enough! Click for the rest of the article...
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