You have a calling on your life. You were designed for a purpose and equipped perfectly to walk in that purpose. The problem is, you’ve been a little stuck. And while you’re sitting there stuck, you began to question. You’re questioning if God can really do impossible things through you. You’re questioning if you really were created for something special. You’re questioning if you really have what it takes to live this full and overflowing life Jesus came to give you. Heck, did Jesus even come to give you that life, or were you disqualified somewhere along the way and you now only qualify for a little life?
How do you think God feels about this questioning? How does he see you while you’re stuck? Does he co-sign on the ‘lesser than’ plans you’ve dismissed yourself to?
Nope. Let me be real clear … your disbelief does not dismiss God’s good plans for you. You’re wavering does not wave God’s purpose for your life. Your questioning hasn’t caused God to quit on you.
Let me prove it to you.
Have you heard the story of John the Baptist before? John was the cousin of Jesus. Mary, Jesus’ mother, and Elizabeth, John’s mother were cousins and they were pregnant at the same time. The first time the two pregnant little mamas came close together, John jumped within his mother’s womb at the presence of the unborn Jesus. John knew who Jesus was before his first breath. Now that’s important, remember that. John knew exactly who Jesus was before he was even born.
And girl, so did you!
John was created with a great purpose in mind. His parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth had struggled with infertility and were now old with no children. In Luke 1 we read of an angel coming to Zechariah and saying in verse 13-17 “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord … to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
John was born 6 months before Jesus and he began sharing prophetic words before Jesus began his ministry here on Earth. And it was always planned to be that way. 700 years before, God spoke to Isaiah and said in Malachi 3:1 ““I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me.” That messenger was John, preparing the way for Jesus.
Yes, all of this was about John. John was God’s choice to prepare people for the arrival of Jesus, the world’s savior. He knew Jesus before he was ever born, leaping within his mother’s womb when coming into his presence even as an unborn baby. John was a man who was born for a purpose, fully guided by God, heck even related to Jesus, but guess what … he questioned.
He questioned just like you’re questioning. He got stuck and he struggled, just like you. And even in his questioning, Jesus never questioned John. Jesus always knew who he was, the potential he held, and the purpose for which he was created. Nothing changed that. And nothing changes that for you either Sister!
So John paves the way for Jesus. He prepares the people to receive the teaching of the Savior. He’s doing great and mighty things for the Lord … then he gets stuck … in prison. And while he’s stuck, he begins to question. Check this out, Matthew 1: 2-3 “When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Say what … John, you know Jesus is the one. You know you’ve been out telling everyone about him. You know you’ve been baptizing people to receive what Jesus is about to do for them. You know Jesus, but now that you’re in prison, you’re questioning? You’re questioning if Jesus is who he says he is, or should we be expecting someone else.
Have you ever had someone question you? Question your intentions. Question your qualifications. Question your ability. Their question indicates their doubt in you. They don’t believe you are who you say you are, nor are you capable of doing what they thought you were going to do. That questioning kind of hurts. It might even cause us to get defensive.
Jesus had every right to lash out at John’s questioning, but he didn’t. Look instead what Jesus did next. This is important, because you need to know how Jesus responds to your moments of questioning too.
Matthew 1: 4-11 Jesus said “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” But wait, there’s more. As John’s disciple were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John. Uh ohhhhh, here we go, now Jesus is going to talk about the one who questioned him. The one who knew him before birth, but now that he’s stuck in prison is questioning if Jesus really is the one. What’s Jesus going to say? He says “John is more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Yip, Jesus is throwing down that 700 year old truth that foretold John’s purpose. Then he says “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.”
All of this immediately after John questioned Jesus. John’s doubt didn’t make Jesus angry. It didn’t even cause him to dismiss his greater calling. No, it just caused Jesus to affirm what had always been true.
And the same is true for you. Just because you’re wavering a bit, questioning what God is doing and how he is going to do it, does not dismiss you from who God created you to be. You being stuck for a bit doesn’t change the fact that God designed you with a purpose in mind and put a calling on your life.
Even when you question, God still says YOU’RE THE ONE HE WANTED.
Even when you doubt, God still says YOU ARE CHOSEN.
Even when you fail, God still says HE HAS GOOD PLANS FOR YOU.
I always think about the story of the father who came to Jesus and asked for the healing of his son. The father said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Then Jesus replied, “If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes.”
But you see, there’s the problem. We believe one minute, but question the next. We know, but we don’t know. We believe what we cannot see, but that faith wavers when nothing changes. What do we do with that? We learn from the father of the sick boy and we must say the same to Jesus. Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
And with that, Jesus healed his son.
This unnamed father of a sick boy, and John the Baptist sitting in prison, were struggling with the same thing. They believed, but they had unbelief. And Jesus helped them both.
Understand Jesus can handle your unbelief. He can handle your questioning. This doesn’t dismiss you from all he wants to do in your life. Tell him you believe today, and ask for help to overcome your unbelief.
Remember what Jesus said about John the Baptist to the crowd immediately after being questioned by him? He affirmed who John really is and all he was created for. It didn’t change his calling. It didn’t lessen his potential. Jesus simply affirmed what was always within John.
Now, he’s doing the same for you. You question … okay, that’s normal. You’re not dismissed. You’re not disqualified. God can handle your doubt. Bring all of your belief to him and ask him to help you with your unbelief.
God is calling you forward, even while you question. He’s showing you there’s more, even while you’re stuck. It’s okay that you question. Don’t let the enemy get in your head and make it bigger than it really is. Get back to what you do believe and ask God to help you with the rest. And the rest is this … God wants to do great things in you, for you, and through you!