Do you remember that moment when God spoke to you?
You knew He was calling you to accomplish something great… start a small group, your own church, lead a ministry. Then the service ended, you went home. The kids were out of control. Bills piled up. Your spouse was frustrated. You hit reality.
We all face these moments. We are called by God but our current reality seems to be the opposite of His calling, as if opposed to it. We begin to believe the limitations of our surroundings…so much so that God’s calling, His purpose, His dreams for us seem like a fantasy.
What happened to us?
We bumped against what I call the 5 objections. These are the objections I struggled with. I’ve listed each objection with recommendations how to overcome it.
Objection #1 – I’m Afraid
We are afraid of the price God’s calling requires us to pay. It can be money, time, personal sacrifice, fear of failure, or fear of success.
Jeff Goins says, “You don’t get any more courage than what you already have. Sometimes you just need to do things afraid.”
The simple solution is to try it afraid. If you’re wrong, trust God, He will redirect you.
Objection #2 – Perfectionism
We want everything perfect before we step out of our comfort zone.
We want all the resources available. We want the full picture of God’s plan. We want to be sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed.
That’s not the way it happens. We don’t have the full picture. In fact God says in Zechariah 4:10 not to despise small beginnings.
The term that helped me was “Minimal Viability”. It’s a SAT word that simply means you don’t have to create something perfect before you release it; just have something that works. You see it all the time with computer software. It’s why software 1.0 is updated to 1.1, and then more bugs are fixed and updated to 1.2. Each update is an improvement on the previous update.
Don’t worry about being perfect, just worry about getting something done.
Objection #3 – Resources
I struggled with this one big time.
God calls us to great things but we don’t have the money or manpower to accomplish it. I know many pastors who start churches and struggle because they don’t have the money or the staff.
I remember starting Thrive and not having the money for a LLC or enough money to purchase the coaching I felt I needed.
BUT, I learned something. A friend called me to talk about his career change. I told him about Thrive and the coaching business I wanted to start. He then connected me with someone who ended up becoming a coach to me (for free!!!).
I learned resources follow the vision.
You have to announce the vision. Tell people what you feel God wants you to do. God will stir the hearts of the right people to come along. Pastors struggle the most with this, but it’s ok to share with people what God has put on your heart. It gives them the option to support you or not.
Objection #4 – Lack of Knowledge
I’m afraid of making mistakes because some mistakes are vital.
I don’t always know what I need to know. So, I read as much as I can, talk to as many people who are smarter than me, and hire as many coaches as I can afford.
Why, because I know that I don’t know. There are people who have been in ministry and who run businesses way longer than me. The only antidote to a lack of knowledge is to find people who will share their knowledge with you.
Be a learner.
I often say to my staff at Christ Tabernacle, “Part of the job is to grow because the church is going to grow. Grow with the church; don’t hinder church growth by not growing yourself.”
Make it a goal to grow, and you’ll see how your growth triggers your organization’s growth.
Objection #5 – Why Me
This is a difficult one, because when we look in the mirror we only see our shortcomings.
We filter our self-confidence through our failures, not our successes. We say things like, “If God knew what I have done, He won’t use me.”
We need to understand that God doesn’t see us the way we see ourselves. He doesn’t see our actuality but rather our potential. He sees us through the blood of Jesus.
We need to see ourselves the way God sees us.
“Why me” isn’t important. Obedience to God’s calling is important. We’ll never really understand why He loved us and why He chose us. The point is God did choose us.
I would love to say that overcame these 5 objections. Rather I am overcoming, and learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’ll do things afraid, or I’ll do things even if the plan is not perfect, I’ll do it whether I have the resources.
If I can do it, then you can too. When you overcome these objections, you’ll walk in a new area of success. By overcoming that which limits you internally, you open the door to greatness, to the full potential of God’s calling in your life.
Share with us the calling God has placed on your life. What objections are you struggling with? Tell us about your victories and your future plans.