“You keep thinking that God is going to use you through your strengths, but the portal to His power is in your weakness.” –Pastor Steven Furtick
The word for equipped in Greek is ἐξαρτίζω, meaning ‘To finish or complete’. To be equipped means being completely ready, and not lacking anything. Similarly, masterpiece means ‘an artists best work’. These two phrases are so similar and for good reason! As masterpieces, we are God’s best work, lacking nothing, and are complete, in order to do His will.
Many times, like Moses, we are put into situations in which we don’t feel like we adequately fit the mold of what it takes to do that particular job well. Exodus 3 explains that even Moses questioned his qualifications and identity to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, proclaiming, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh!”. But it is in Moses’ perspective of the situation that we find the answer to our qualification. You see, Moses was so focused on himself, and what he could do, that he was not looking at who was calling him.
Moses believed that God was capable of doing great things, but he did not believe that God was capable of doing great things through him. If he truly believed that God was capable of doing great, miraculous works, he would have believed that could work through him. Moses’ thinking was flawed, because his focus was not on God. He was so intent on looking at his own weakness and failures, that he could not remember God’s strength and competence.
If Moses’ focus was on God, he would have remembered who God was, and who God made him to be—a masterpiece, intentionally designed to do the good works that God planned in advance for him to do. You see, God doesn’t make mistakes, and He didn’t make any mistakes in creating you. If you truly believed what you truly believe about God, you would live your life differently. You would live confidently, knowing that God knows exactly what He is doing, with exactly the right person that He has called. Remember that you lack nothing. You are perfectly created and have everything that you need to do what God has called you to do because you have God, and He lacks nothing.
Questions to think about:
- Do you really believe that God is who He says He is?
- What are some areas in your life that you need to change the perspective of looking at your weakness, and instead look at God’s strength?