Are You Trying to Do It All Yourself?

by | Nov 1, 2017

Each of us have felt it — we are working on a project that we either feel unequipped, unprepared, or unsupported in our efforts to get it to the finish line. Overwhelmed and alone. But for many of us, we can also experience this same feeling when trying to show our faith through our work, or more importantly figuring out how God wants to use us in our work.

I was recently reading a verse in John 14 and skimmed over verse 16, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to be with you forever” (NIV). I had seen this verse before, but coming out of our Workmatters FORUM event, and hearing about how many of us felt alone in our faith-and-work journey, or not strong enough to face certain challenges in our daily work, this verse had a completely different meaning to me.

There have been a handful of times when I have walked into a position or project and thought, “there is no way I can do this.” When we have thoughts like this, or doubt our ability to innovate, be strategic, or worse — settle with the thought of  “I can’t” — we are ultimately rejecting one of the greatest gifts God has given us, the Advocate.

Each of us have been given an incredible skillset and unique opportunities that we are called to use in our work. God created each us to do something completely unique for His greater purpose. However, when we don’t abide in Him and rely on His Spirit to empower and guide us, we miss out on using our full capabilities to impact His Kingdom (Esther 4:14).

Right before Jesus died, he comforted his apostles and told them to not fear when he left, as God would send the Advocate in His place (John 16:7) who “will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

The power of the Advocate (Holy Spirit) is greater than many of us realize, and many of us often neglect to rely on Him in our daily lives. Isaiah 11:2 reminds about the power and gifts that the Spirit of the Lord, or the Advocate, is promised to bring us — wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord:

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him —

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of might,

the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.”

These gifts of the Advocate (Holy Spirit) are the key to us being empowered and courageous in the times when we are criticized for our morals, when we feel that we don’t have what it takes to get the job done, or when we don’t know what direction to take our careers. When we are abiding in the Lord, these promised gifts will come naturally to us allowing us to have divine wisdom, understanding and might that will surpass any help the world can offer (John 7:38-39).

I encourage you today to turn to your Advocate, the Holy Spirit — the One who knows your gifts, talents and desires and will be your help, strength and source of wisdom in every situation.

Make your work matter,

Elise Farrell