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July 2021

I Can Do This  

by Arun Perera

 

“And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”

Exodus 3:11-12 (KJV)


I can remember the first day my Pastor came up to me and asked me if I would like to work on the laptop for putting up the song words during the service. It was a little bit overwhelming since I had no previous experience in the job nor expertise. I certainly didn’t know how to use the worship software or any knowledge of the worship songs. More importantly, I didn’t feel ‘qualified’ spiritually. I was a Buddhist convert struggling with addictions hanging on to Jesus purely by grace.

I guess that is why I – like many of us – can relate to the excuse Moses gave when he was asked by God to go back to Egypt and demand freedom for the children of Israel from Pharaoh. “Who am I, that I should be chosen” (Exodus 3:11) are words that most of us have either spoken or thought at least once in our life. The beauty of God’s kingdom is that He is not concerned about who you are or who you were, but rather whose you are.

As a member of the tech team in church, you may face situations where you lack knowledge or expertise in a certain area. I mean c’mon let’s face it, there are very few out there who know everything there is to know in the ever-evolving tech field. Often in situations like that, our biggest critic can be ourselves. This is the mindset that Jesus was trying to change when he was on the earth and this is what God the Father dealt with when he convinced Moses to accept his mission. When we think small or inadequate of ourselves in performing the mission God has given us, whether it be to free the children of Israel from Pharaoh or handle new technology in the church, in essence, we are trusting in our own abilities as opposed to God’s abilities through us and His grace in us.

See how God answered Moses in the above passage. When Moses questioned his own abilities to take on the mission, God reassured him with His presence. If Jesus is with us, we need not fear anything. Our qualification to perform the mission he has for us does not lie in our skills or knowledge on the subject. Our qualification is that He has called us, He is with us, and will never leave us. Do not gauge your abilities by your strengths and weaknesses, gauge it by God’s calling in your life. If God has called you to do something, He will ensure you are able to perform it by His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as Moses was reassured, the presence of the Almighty God in our life is all that is required.

Today, God may ask you to take on a task that requires skills and expertise that you do not have. Accept it with courage, move in boldness, and say to yourself “I can do this!”, for in your weakness God’s strength is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV).


About the author:

Arun Perera is a born-again believer of Jesus Christ. He was a Buddhist until the age of 17 when he had an encounter with Jesus at a school worship meeting. His ministries include Christian books, Christian comics, and a social media network/YouTube channel called Jesus Media. He serves in the tech team of his local church in Colombo, Sri Lanka with his wife Anusha and daughter Mesha.

 

 

 

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