“If men had postponed the search (their adventure) until they were secure, the search would have never begun.” ~C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory)
First I think it’s important to note that ‘secure’ is speaking more in a sense of “feeling ready” or “satisfied” or “comfortable”, not meaning ‘steadfast’ in this instance. Now think about this.. how many things have you put off because you didn’t feel ‘ready enough’ or you didn’t feel like you ‘knew enough’ for the situation?
Well as C.S. Lewis challenges.. How many of us ever reach that point? How many people who go on mission trips, attend conferences, or dedicate their lives to living something bigger than themselves ever reach a point of pure solace (and comfort) with where they are at?
There will always be things we could be doing better. There will always be things that limit us in some way or another; and our challenge is that with God, we overcome that.
Isn’t that the beauty of it all? That we don’t have to be fully prepared, we just need to be wholly faithful. The LORD is the one who empowers us to do things in His name and to bring the Word of Truth to the world; it is through our faith and trust alone by which God uses us, not by how strong we may appear, or how many books we’ve read. God has set us with a specific set of skills, and an innumerable amount of opportunities.
God isn’t asking for us to do everything by our own strength–and praise be to that promise! He is awaiting willing participants; people who say ‘Yes, Lord’ even without seeing the big picture, because it is not our job to know why we do things, it is–however–our job to be the hands and feet of the Lord in our world, and to act in obedience to His calling, even if we may not feel comfortable doing so. God wants people who act out, even in their unsurity, because their faith that God will come through overpowers any other influencing force.
God isn’t asking us to do everything by ourselves, He wants us to initiate the step, and allow Him to finish it.
So I ask you one last time: What have you waited on doing because you haven’t felt ‘secure enough’ about it?