They say God often asks you to do things for which you are inadequate. That way He gets the glory for any success that comes from your service. I know this is true! I know, because on Sunday mornings I take a seat at the piano bench, take a deep breath and hope that my playing would somehow help enhance the church’s worship experience.
I am a worshiper, not a pianist. Oh, how I would love to be an excellent pianist, but after 9 long years of lessons, it just never clicked. Reading music and playing the piano simultaneously never became more to me than trying to juggle 4 balls while patting my head with one hand and rubbing my stomach with the other. Years after I stopped taking piano lessons, God “revealed” to me how to play using chording. Just seconds later, He told me “Now you know, now you will have to practice.” Well, I have been practicing for just over 20 years now, and I am still limping along. It’s embarrassing at times, banging away at the keys, making more of a joyful noise than anything melodic. But I keep plodding along.
The precious church endures me. And from time to time someone actually tells me what a great job I’m doing. (Which I chalk up more to their lack of musical knowledge than my actual playing.) But I do appreciate their encouragement! Sometimes, someone I know to be a far better musician than I, tells me I’m getting better. And even though my progress is slow, I know that they are being truthful.
But all that aside, it matters not if I am improving or if I am doing a great job. Nor does it matter if I often feel inadequate or embarrassed. Obedience is the real task at hand. I play the piano, because He asked me to. It is as simple as that. When I play, God gets the glory. When I play, He is pleased. Not because I am a skilled musician, but because I am willing to humble myself, step out of my comfort zone and obey Him in something He has asked of me.
So the next time God asks you to do something for which you are inadequate. Just say yes, knowing that being inadequate is a major job requisite for serving in His kingdom.
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
“And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22