Understand That We All Are Called Despite Our Inadequacies
And when Enoch had heard these words, he bowed himself to the earth, before the Lord, and spake before the Lord, saying: Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant? And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee … Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance … Say unto this people: Choose ye this day, to serve the Lord God who made you.
~ Moses 6:31-33 ~
Some of you may be shy by nature or consider yourselves inadequate to respond affirmatively to a calling. Remember that this work is not yours and mine alone. It is the Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies
~ President Thomas S. Monsoon: “Duty Calls,” Ensign, May 1996, ~
In Word: The Apostle Paul asked how those who do not know the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are to come to believe in Christ if no one teaches them? And how is anyone able to teach the message of the Gospel without being sent out? He further remarks that those who are sent out will be blessed (Romans 10:14-15). The Savior even promised the Disciples to not be anxious when they are brought before their accusers, they are not to be anxious about what to say for the Lord will give them utterance (Matthew 10:19). Many of us are called to minister in some capacity within the Kingdom of God. He promises to give us the resources, the words, wisdom, and bless us with the ability to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively and efficiently. This promise was not merely relegated to the Disciples of the New Testament. It was promised to the patriarch Enoch when the Lord called him to preach and call men unto repentance. Yet, how many of us stand in fear of our own weaknesses and inadequacies to reach out and minister to others?
In Deed: Every one of us are ministers, teachers, evangelists, and called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is not just a calling for a select few. While it is true that missionaries dedicate two years to their vocation and calling to minister and preach the Restored Gospel – it is also up to us to minister and bring the message of truth and hope to everyone within our sphere of influence. Whether it be through acts of kindness and charity, out of love and concern for the welfare of others – we minister.
Whether it is sitting with someone, mourning with them, comforting them. We are ministering to them and their needs. Whether it is by means of providing temporal needs where individuals are struggling, we are ministering to them as Christ has ministered. One of the uniqueness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we are the very extension of Christ. His example and way he ministered to others is the very same way we are to minister. And it is not by our own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that we are called – it is by God’s divine purpose and good will to call us to do those things he desires for us to accomplish for others and for His kingdom. And sometimes it does not mean we have to use words.
Many times, it is by our own actions and behaviors that set the tone and testimony of the hope that lies within each one of us. When we live the principal truths of the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – we become a living and thriving testimony of hope. This is what the Savior meant that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-15). And this is not merely confined to our homes or within our local congregation and faith-based community. It is also within our workplaces, in the market square, and community at large. It is ministering through modern technology.
Take a Moment and Ponder: Consider those times when you felt the promptings of the Holy Spirit to minister, to teach, to comfort, to sit with someone and how blessed you were in following such promptings. How does the blessing of our Heavenly Father comfort you for you to minister in ways that may feel awkward? What are some of your inadequacies that may prevent you from teaching, proclaiming the truth and hope that lies within each one of us?
As we consider our own anxieties and inadequacies, we are reminded in scripture that all great men of God were nervous, anxious, and presented reasonable objections toward God. Yet our Heavenly Father promised that He will not only give them strength and the words and wisdom to accomplish that which he has called them to do – he will always bless us in doing so. What blessings await you in presenting the message of truth and hope that is within the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ? What scares you to bring someone into faith and relationship with Jesus Christ?
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