Why is it that our imperfections make us feel as though we are unqualified to minister?
Logically, we know that no one is perfect. When it comes to ourselves; however, we have this harsh standard of judgment that we hold ourselves up against. We think our imperfections are too imperfect. If people only knew… Why would anyone want to listen to us… What makes us so special or all-knowing…
Let me tell you this. Your imperfections are Exactly what make you qualified to minister. It is because you are imperfect that you know how to relate to the imperfections of others. It is because of your past trials that you understand what others are going through. It is precisely because of the pain you’ve experienced that you can speak to another’s pain.
No hurting person wants to be ministered to by someone who acts like their own life is perfect and that nothing has ever gone wrong for them. We always relate much more to people who are real and have scars, just like us .
Having gone through your trials, your pain, and your battles has made you the minister that you were meant to be. I know for a fact that God doesn’t allow things to happen in our lives without having something good come from them. If that good thing is that our faith is built, then we are better for it. If that good thing is that our character is stronger, than praise be to Him! If that good thing is that we now rely on the One who gives the strength, then we have come out as winners.
You get it? There is a verse in 2 Timothy that really speaks to me on this. Chapter 3, verse 7 says, “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Is that what we are doing? Always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth? It is time for that to stop! It is time to come to the knowledge of the truth, once and for all.
My pain and my trials have equipped me for ministry. What I have learned through them and through God’s Word have equipped me for ministry. What you have learned has done the same for you. It is time to stop doubting, to trust in God, to come to the full knowledge of the truth, and to minister as though the end is drawing near. Because brothers and sisters, I assure you the end is indeed drawing nigh.
The very fact that you have come out on this side of your battle, still looking to God as your Source, says that you have endured! Now, there are others out there in need of the same Savior, Healer, Deliverer, and Provider that you’ve been leaning upon. It is time for you to go forth and minister!
Fulfill your ministry,