Speed and strength. Fast and strong. Quick and aggressive.
Playing linebacker in high school, these were probably my greatest weaknesses when it came to playing football. I wasn’t fast, and I wasn’t strong. But you know one thing I did have? You guessed it! Talent!
I’m sure some of you thought I was going to put heart. Psshh. I hated football in high school, so obviously my heart wasn’t in it. I couldn’t wait until December because the season was over. I couldn’t wait until June because the offseason was over. I had zero desire to get faster and get stronger. We had a weight lifting program called “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” After the program, I felt “Smaller, slower, weaker.” I was going through the motions. I was just trying to make it through. Since my heart wasn’t in it, all the other characteristics seemed to fall flat. I always seemed to fall short when I was compared to my teammates, and even in my mind when I felt inadequate to compete in football.
But when it comes to ministry, my heart is all in it. And that is the beauty of God. He doesn’t require any physical stature, an IQ of a genius, or looks of the most beautiful human being on planet earth. He looks at the heart. If you are willing, He is able.
That’s why I love the story of King David in 1st Samuel. God sent Samuel to the village of Jesse and told him you will find a King whom I have selected. This has to be one of my favorite verses in all the Bible, and it says in 1st Samuel 16:7,
“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”
God doesn’t have a requirement when it comes to do His will. He is only looking for a willing heart.
That is one thing I love about all the people who serve at Elevate Church. Everyone has one common goal and that is to help lead people to a life with Christ. And if that means smiling at the front door as you walk in, they are doing it with all their heart. They know that if my hug or smile can change one person’s attitude about church, then it is worth it all.
There will be moments when you feel incompetent in life. I struggle with that. However, when you start to change your perspective from what you see to how God sees is when you find your breakthrough. It’s when you align yourself with God is that your assignment has meaning.
When your alignment becomes more important than your assignment, then your assignment becomes purposeful.
If Samuel didn’t listen to the voice of the Lord, whom he might have anointed king could have been whom he felt was up to standard. But thank God He focuses on our hearts and not on our appearance. And I thank God for Pastor Brandon and Kristen. They look not at our faults or sins, but they see past that and they look at the potential we can become. They look through the eyes of God.
I encourage you today that although you may seem small on earth filled with billions of people, and you may seem insignificant, God sees the significance in you. He knows your heart. And if we just tap into that voice or that tug on our hearts, you will begin to find your dreams come alive, your purpose renewed, and your life fulfilled. He has done it in my life, and he continues to do it through my life. If we are willing, He is able. Our God is able!