by Pastor Mark Jordan
“This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small.” (Matthew 10:41b, MSG)
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Have you felt as though God is calling you to something bigger than you can handle? If so, then good news! This is precisely how God works.
I have recently felt overwhelmed with all of the changes and relocation going on in the church. And the times I’ve been filled with doubt and anxiety, God shows up to renew my hope. This, of course, comes through his Spirit in dwelled and tapped into through prayer, as well as being lived out in community with the people God has given me to do life with.
When God calls you to something big, it is bigger than anything you could ever accomplish by yourself. This way, you must rely on the Lord, and know that when it is accomplished it is only by God’s strength! If you are feeling overwhelmed in your life right now, you can rest assured that God is there with you to provide the hope and comfort you need.
Jesus gave his disciples instructions as he was sending them out to do their missionary work. He told them it was a big job, and in order to keep from feeling so overwhelmed, to just start small. What great advice for all of us! As the old adage goes, the best way to eat an elephant is just one bite at a time. So Jesus teaches us to start right where we are, experiencing the change in your own life, and sharing His love and hope with others. This is true in big ways and small ways.
Start small. Start simply. Trust God along the way. Yes, if he is calling you to something big, you will feel overwhelmed. Turn this feeling of overwhelm into trust in God. Make your fears statements of faith, because all things are possible with God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your presence with me. I know there are times when you called me to big things, which can lead me to feeling overwhelmed. Help me turn my fear into faith so I may follow you and all that I am and do. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.