As editor of this blog, I’ve talked to a large number of people about the possibility of writing for us. Because Valley Life is made up of church plants that are largely volunteer-driven, many of those people have been our very own volunteer leaders. Some of them have been here for a long time, and some joined more recently, but regardless of tenure most of the answers have been a version of the following: “I don’t feel like I have done anything worth writing about.”
While on one hand that may seem humble, it’s also probably not true. Maybe they haven’t learned enough lessons to write a book yet, but they’ve certainly learned enough to write a blog post. There are at least three reasons why I ask them to write even when they feel inadequate, and I hope they are an encouragement to you if you feel the same way, whether it’s about writing or a completely different area of service.
You Are Constantly Growing
The first encouragement I will share is this: you are further along than you were a week ago. Even if it’s been a rough week, you’ve learned something from the chaos. This is what I tell those writers. You don’t have to be an expert to be able to pass along your wisdom to someone else. That’s how discipleship works. The whole church is just filled with imperfect people helping other imperfect people along.
No matter where you’re serving or leading, disciple someone who doesn’t know as much as you. You don’t know it all, but you can share how God has grown you in the past year, month, or even 24 hours. In fact, you’ll probably learn something from them too in the process.
God Makes Much out of Our Little
So maybe now you acknowledge that you have something to give, but it still doesn’t feel like much. That’s OK too. God can do something with that. In John 6:9-11, Jesus feeds five thousand people with what was basically a little boy’s lunch. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, was led to Christ by a preacher and a sermon that weren’t very good. But God used them.
For a few years before my wife and I moved to Phoenix to help plant Valley Life | Arrowhead, I edited the sermons of the first two Valley Life Churches, Tramonto and Surprise, into an audio podcast so people could listen online. I barely knew what I was doing, but I received a handful of thank you cards over those years. Church leaders wrote me numerous times to tell how they had met a visitor that came to church for the first time after listening to the podcast. It was only taking me an hour or two a week to do the editing, but God was using that small, consistent act of service to bring people to himself. Even though I felt under-qualified, Jesus used that little contribution to grow his church and spread his gospel, and that made it worthwhile.
God Uses the Weak on Purpose
If you have come to this point and still feel insufficient on some level to fulfill your role, don’t give up. That’s the way the system is rigged. If God has called you to the position you are in, he will use you. If you’re weak, all the better. That way, if you succeed you will have no one to boast in but God who chose you (1 Cor. 1:26-31).
For Christ’s sake and God’s glory, you can be content in your weakness (2 Cor. 12:10). In the church planting game, you will constantly face feelings of doubt, incompetency, and worry that maybe you’re not the right person for the job. But God’s grace is sufficient, and his power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Rest in that truth.