At the age of twenty-two, I am presently the youngest Jews for Jesus trainee. There is so much that I don’t know, and sometimes that frustrates me. During one training lecture, David Brickner was explaining how to wield God’s Word as a tool to pierce people’s hearts. I told David how limited I felt by my life experience. His response still resonates in my mind and heart.
Holding his Bible out, he said, Michelle, this is your wisdom and your understanding.” He went on to explain how our effectiveness is not rooted in ourselves but in our God and in the revelation of His Word. Though we must study to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15), our ability to reach people does not depend on our education, our intelligence or our experience.
Since then, every time that I feel intimidated by some deep, multifaceted, mind-numbing question from someone older and more experienced, I remind myself that God does not use us because of who we are but because of who He is. My job is to know the Scriptures and depend on Him for the rest.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”
2 Corinthians 4:7