“…Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ Nathaniel asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. (John 1:45-46)
Have you ever felt as if you weren’t good enough to be a disciple of Christ?
Perhaps you have uttered similar words about yourself. Things like “Lord, surely you could pick someone better…someone more equipped…someone more eloquent…someone smarter than me.” I know many who struggle with their own self-worth. I also know of others who feel very insecure about their own gifts and abilities.
The important thing to remember is that when you say “yes” to God, He will provide the means. Moses had a speech problem, and was very self-conscious about speaking in front of people, let alone the Pharaoh of Egypt…so God provided him help. (Exodus 4:10)
When faithfulness to God is evident, and we say yes – Jehovah Jireh (My provider) will provide what we need.
Nathaniel’s words “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” were not directed at himself, but rather at Philip’s proclamation of finding Messiah there in that town. Jesus entered Nathaniel’s life and told him things no one knew, which lead Nathaniel to boldly declare, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” That is an amazing declaration at a first visit with Jesus!
Christ wants to do something amazing in your life today!
He longs to equip you beyond what you see in yourself! No matter where you come from, no matter your background or list of insecurities, He wants to make you his disciple!
The question “what good can come from there?” can be answered by a face to face encounter with our Savior. Will you talk to Him today?
Prayer: Lord I confess my own insecurities to you today. I am not equipped for the things you want me to do. Help me to see You for who You are! Also remind me that no demographic or community is unimportant to you- and that like diamonds in the rough, you can will raise up godly people and provide the means to have your glory seen. Speak to my heart today. Encourage me and allow me to your humble servant. In your name I pray these things. -Amen.