Do you remember your first day on the job? Not too long ago, I was walking into my first full-time position in the marketplace. Aside from the expected feelings of nervousness, I also dealt with an even greater feeling of inadequacy for taking on a large role.
Though I was surrounded by a team who both encouraged and empowered me, I found that I kept being plagued by my own thought, “Could I really do this well?” But the truth is, many of us face this very thought on a daily basis. In our specific roles at work, in our personal roles as a spouse, parent, or friend, and even in our spiritual lives, we face the question, “Do I truly have what it takes to do this?”
There once was a great ruler, David, who was King over Israel and had been given a vision to build a great house as a resting place for the Lord. But it was only through David’s son, Solomon, that this project could be completed. King David then gave Solomon what, even today, we would consider a very complex and detailed architectural plan for building this house (1 Chronicles 28:11-19).
This situation with King David and Solomon is not far off from what many of us face on a regular basis at work. Whether it’s feeling like you don’t have the skills for a large project, having to step up when leadership steps down, or walking into a position that brings new responsibility and leadership early in your career, many of us have felt this very wave of emotion. We think we can’t do it and end up asking ourselves, “Do I truly have what it takes?”
The short answer is you don’t — none of us do. The truth is, you can only achieve the unachievable when you allow God to be the source of your strength and motivation. When you humbly take on a new role or project with the guidance of the Lord, you are allowing God to use your skills and talents to their fullest potential.
Even before Solomon could feel inadequate in his father’s request, King David encouraged him saying, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until the all the work for the service of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20)
Take note that Solomon didn’t do this alone. King David also reminded Solomon of the people around him who “are ready for the work … and every person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work” (v. 21). King David knew to recognize that there were certain skills that Solomon couldn’t do alone. He had to rely on the community around him to see this large project to completion.
Ultimately, that is God’s plan and intent. There are and will be many moments in life when we may think, “Do I truly have what it takes?” But God encourages us to:
- Trust him in all we do. When we take on a leadership role apart from God, we are not honoring His authority in our life or trusting His perfect plan.
- Don’t try to do it alone. God has created us all with unique skills, talents, and strengths. Allow God’s design of community to be a blessing and make your role easier by focusing on the skills that He has gifted you with and inviting others to use their skills alongside you.
In the moments when the world — or even our own thoughts — tell us that we’re not enough, or don’t have what it takes, remember to depend on God’s strength, wisdom, and design of community to help you achieve the unachievable.
Make your work matter,