One of the biggest obstacles to our calling is ourselves. Too often we get in our own way and one of the keys to walking in the fulness of our call is to get out of our own way. I preached a sermon once called, “Get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit have his say.”
The biggest issue you are going to have to get over in your life and ministry is YOU. One of the reasons for delays in your life journey is God is working in you before he works through you. Unfortunately, there are issues lurking under the surface of our lives that need to be healed or removed or both, that if not dealt with, will continue to hold us back.
How do we get out of our own way?
- Become secure in who you are – Insecurity will close doors of opportunity in your face. Insecurity can be sniffed out a mile away and cause you to sabotage important relationships and personal success. Stop comparing yourself to others and start celebrating the uniqueness of who you are.
- Grow in self-awareness – Know thyself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What’s your dominant personality style? Where do you get energy from? Extroverted or introverted? The more you know about yourself, the more you can relate to the world around you from an informed perspective.
- Develop people skills – A lack of social awareness and minimal people skills can cut short your capacity to influence and thereby limit your call to a small sphere. Whatever your call is, it will involve people and helping people in one way or another is what ministry is all about. The Scriptures exhort us to not look only to our own interests but also to the interests of others. Listening and giving positive feedback is one of the first steps to learning how to relate to people.
- Do what you know you ought to do – Don’t procrastinate on what you know you ought to do. The Bible teaches, he who knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, for him it is sin. There are things that God asks us to do we delay on, that we need to obey… when we are asked to do it… not 6 months later or 6 years later. There are little things like, going to bed early, exercising daily, eating a healthy diet, returning the phone call, and saying ‘I love you’ that we know we ought to do but sometimes procrastinate on and we end up paying for it.
- Spend time with God – A lack of dependence upon God means you only have yourself to rely on and frankly, you’re not that good… either am I. We were never created to exist apart from God. Apart from God, we can do nothing but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.