By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful. Hebrews 11:11
Sarah was enabled by God to conceive what was humanly impossible. She was past childbearing age as no one has conceived a child in their 90’s. Physically, she was incapable of fulfilling the promise God made to she and Abram without divine intervention.
Whether physical or spiritual, we are each called to do something outside of our ability to produce it. I’m convinced that few ever discover and engage with their God-sized callings. As a timid person, I didn’t either until my late 40’s. What do we do instead? We play around with natural giftedness, maybe even discover our spiritual gifts, but then set out to use them with very good intentions.
But here’s the problem. If I’m able to step into a spiritual role and believe that it will achieve the spiritual results God intended – based merely on my personal skills – I am sorely mistaken. Though my gifts may be large, even admired by others, and though it might appear that I’ve succeeded from man’s viewpoint, I will have achieved nothing supernatural without an empowerment from heaven. There is no fruit without the Spirit, no harvest without showers from on high.
How can I know if my kingdom work is going to be kingdom effective? If I fainted at the call. If, immediately, I knew I was in over my head. If I felt inadequate and cried out to God to help me do it with His Spirit and His strength. When someone asks a person to take on a ministry opportunity, they will often say, “Please do it. You’d be so good at it.” No one has any right to ask another person to sign up for kingdom work without praying about it first! And no one has any right to agree to the request without praying about it first! How much kingdom work is being done in the flesh! The most dangerous obstacle for any believer is natural giftedness.
The stories of spiritual exploits in scripture have the same things in common; They heard a call. They stepped out by faith. They cried out to God for help. Without any one of these, of what value are the results!
Jesus said, “He who believes in me, from His innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 ‘Innermost being’ is the phrase for womb. Each of us is to birth something for eternity that will produce living water. It begins with divine conception and the obedience of faith.
Forgive me for the times I’ve engaged in ministry like it was busy work. Amen