When asked to paint the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo initially refused, saying he was a sculptor, not a painter.
Before George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States, he wrote, “I greatly apprehend that my countrymen will expect too much from me.”
John Steinbeck wrote, “I am assailed by my own inability. … Sometimes, I seem to do a little good piece of work, but when it is done it slides into mediocrity” as he wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning Grapes of Wrath.
Self-doubt is a part of the human experience, always threatening to rob us of our greatest potential.
Even Jesus’ cousin, John, didn’t feel worthy of his call to baptize Jesus. Think about that. We call him John THE BAPTIST. And if it had been up to John, he wouldn’t have done it. He wouldn’t have fulfilled his divine role.
His response to Christ was, “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?”
And then Jesus said to him, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.”
So, “he suffered him.” (Matt 3)
And then? Then a miracle happened. God’s glory was manifested. His voice was heard. The Holy Ghost descended.
It’s the same in our callings in life today. We may not feel qualified, but we can count on being magnified. When we step into our callings, miracles happen. God’s glory will be manifested in our lives.
As President Joy Jones said, “If the love we feel for the Savior and what He did for us is greater than the energy we give to weaknesses, self-doubts, or bad habits, then He will help us overcome the things which cause suffering in our lives.”
Its all part of the plan for us “to fulfill all righteousness.”
Because the Lord had “called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee.” (Isaiah 42:6)
It’s His promise. You are not alone. God is holding your hand, leading you to success.
Because when we are doing the Lord’s work, we can expect His Glory.
We ourselves becoming His greatest work and glory in the process.