When you do new things to connect others to Jesus, it can be hard emotionally. It can make you feel vulnerable.. Out of your comfort zone..
I’m working hard on the new WORDology record. And I’ll be honest, I’m kind of nervous. It’s different from the first two, and I’m wondering what others will think.
Paul, speaking of his ministry to the church in Corinth also felt nervous. Here’s how he wrote about it:
I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death…
Unsure what to do? Check.
Feeling inadequate? Check.
But he also shares with us his secret to how he dealt with these feelings. Here’s the full verse:
I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.
1 Corinthians 2:3-5 VOICE
Ok, I see three things that Paul did:
Paul acknowledged his feelings
He admitted it. It can be really hard for me to simply admit “I’m nervous and don’t know what to do”. I think the issue is pride. It’s pretty humbling just to be real, even if it’s just between you and The Lord.
Paul let go of the need to impress others
I think this is key. As soon as our goal is to look good to people, we put all kinds of pressure on ourselves. And that pressure fuels all the negative feelings and fear. Thee is tremendous freedom in simply letting go of the goal to impress others.
Paul relied on God’s power
Paul let go of the doing the “heavy lifting” and relied on the Holy Spirit to do that. He simply pointed to Christ in a simple and plain way, and God took it from there.
So there you go. Feeling nervous? Copy Paul.