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  • Writer's pictureDr Dagbue

The Power of Availability Over Ability: A Journey of Faith and Service


Picture of a man standing with eyes closed and arms raised in worship with the caption 'the power of availability: the best ability'

Welcome back to the Health for the Spirit, Soul, and Body blog! We're so grateful that you’ve decided to journey with us once again. In today's post, we will venture deep into a concept that has transformed countless lives and has the potential to redefine your understanding of service and purpose. Have you ever felt inadequate or ill-equipped for a task? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle with feelings of inadequacy, especially when faced with new challenges or opportunities. But what if I told you that your availability is more important than your ability?


The Power of Availability

No matter how skilled you are, if you’re not available to do what needs to be done, you won’t succeed. Even if you’re average, if you’re available and persistent, staking your work progressively, you will flourish. This is the power of availability.


My Personal Journey

Let me share a personal chapter from my life. I remember when I first started speaking publicly in church, leading and chairing events. My knees would tremble, and my voice would quiver. I was unsure of myself and made many errors, but my pastor always saw potential in me. As I made myself available when called upon, God refined me step by step. Now, by His grace, I am a better public speaker, blessed with the opportunity to impart wisdom to many.


God’s Criteria

God doesn’t scan the earth looking solely for the most talented or the brightest stars. He’s looking for those with a heart of availability. We must remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. If we present ourselves willingly, He will use us to accomplish great wonders.


Overcoming Self-Doubt

It's natural for us to worry because often we measure our worth by our perceived abilities. But engrave this truth in your heart: God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.


Biblical Examples

Consider Moses, chosen to lead an entire nation to freedom. Yet, when called, in Exodus 3:10-11 KJV, he doubted his worthiness and abilities. Despite his reservations, he made himself available for God's mission.

Gideon is another classic example. Coming from humble beginnings and holding a lowly self-view, God saw the warrior within him. When the Lord commissioned him to save Israel in Judges 6:14-15 KJV, he succeeded not because of his initial capabilities, but because he was available (Judges 8:22 KJV).

Then, we have the four lepers in 2 Kings 7:1-7 KJV. Instead of succumbing to their unfortunate circumstances, they chose to take action. And lo and behold, they stumbled upon an entire camp abandoned by the enemy, laden with supplies to nourish an entire city!


Conclusion

The biblical accounts, coupled with many personal testimonies, all emphasize the same underlying truth: God values a willing heart over innate capabilities. It's not about how skilled you are but how available you are to be used for His glory. So, what about you? Are you ready to answer the call, no matter how unprepared you might feel? Embrace the journey, step by step. For remember, God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.

Now, it's over to you! We'd love to hear your reflections and experiences related to today’s topic. Share your insights in the comments below, and if this message resonated with you, do share it with someone who might need this encouragement today. God bless you all!

1 Comment


Guest
Nov 01, 2023

A little boy with five loaves and two fishes made himself available and the rest is history. Oh how MIGHTILY the LORD JESUS used what he had and surrendered into HIS HANDS

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