There will also be an element of mystery—why God has chosen you, given the particular set of limitations that you have to navigate with.
The reality is, there are always going to be some things that you excel at, some things you are OK at, and some things you need serious help in!
And God wants you to rely on Him for the whole.
Your Limitations and God’s Call go Together
It is an amazing thing that God sees our limitations and weaknesses to His advantage.
I am not referring to sin or weakness of character. Those are things that we have responsibility to deal with in the light—in transparency and with accountability to oversight.
By limitations, I mean those limiting factors or weaknesses that seem to stand in the way of you fulfilling God’s call upon your life.
They might be physical, mental or emotional. They may be circumstantial.
I sometimes wonder why God called me to itinerant ministry when I am a private person and prefer to be out of the limelight. Or why he has called me to travel when I have ‘directional dyslexia;’ not easily distinguishing right from left and becoming disoriented in new places.
It helps to understand that even the great heroes of the Bible were required to obey God in spite of limitations:
- Moses was destined to lead and speak—even though he had a speech impediment
- David was called to kill Goliath—with no battle experience or armour
- Gideon rose up at God’s command to beat a vast army of Midianites—with an army of only 300 men
Why Your Limitations are an Advantage to God
1. You Must Rely on God
‘Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.’ (2 Cor 3:4-5)
Your limitations remind you of your dependence upon God to obey His calling—that you cannot do it alone. Your weaknesses also remind you that even your strengths need to be anointed by the Spirit.
2. You are Empowered by the Holy Spirit
‘Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Cor 12:8-9)
There will be times when your limitations are removed through a miracle. It may be a healing, removal of a barrier, or a dramatic shift in circumstances. The Apostle Paul’s story reveals that there will also be times when God chooses to use you with the limitations still in existence. The gap between your weakness and the call of God is filled by His grace and the Holy Spirit’s power. Your limitations are an opportunity for God’s power to be unleashed!
3. You Testify to the Truth of God’s Word
‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises…’ (2 Peter 1:3-4a)
Your experience and testimony of God’s power in your weakness point to the truth of God’s Word and the faithfulness of His promises. Your faith is tested, proven and strengthened in the process.
4. God Gets the Glory
‘But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.’ (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
It gives God glory when He uses you to fulfil His purposes. He gets the credit when it is clearly seen that you could not have accomplished His calling in your strength.
5. God Gives You the Gift of Others
‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ (1 Pet 4:10)
Your limitations allow for your Father to bring other people around your life, to complete you. These are the ones who provide the necessary help and teamwork that is needed to fulfil your commission—and that of others.
Even the heroes of Scripture had their team:
- Moses had Aaron and Joshua
- Deborah had Barak
- David had his mighty men
- Paul had Barnabas, Timothy, and Silas
Limitations: No More Excuses
Moses wanted to use his limitation—his lack of confidence in speaking, and stutter—as an excuse not to obey God’s call upon his life. (Exodus 4)
God’s answer was twofold:
- I will be with you and will help you
- I will send Aaron alongside to help you
Like Moses did, we will be tempted at times to use our limitations as an excuse.
As a reason for God not to use us.
As a reason to stay within our comfort zone—where our weaknesses are not on display, or not an issue at all.
What is the Holy Spirit putting His finger on today and saying, ‘You must give up the right to allow your limitations to stand in the way of your commission from God’?
You might feel as though you are the most unlikely person. You might feel ill-equipped.
Still you hear God saying, “I choose you! I’m calling you!”
Move forward, in spite of your limitations. And God will get the glory when the world sees Him at work through your life, as onlookers see that Jesus is the only explanation for what they see taking place in and through you.
© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church