Job interviews often include this question: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Have you noticed that the strengths question is easy to talk about? That’s because our strengths are generally gifts from God and fruits of the Spirit that flow naturally. However, the weaknesses question often feels like revealing a hidden flaw, exposing our vulnerabilities. It’s as though we’re conditioned to believe that acknowledging our weaknesses is admitting defeat. My candid response has always been admitting a lack of self-confidence and a tendency to compare myself to others. While not the textbook answer, these weaknesses have often shaped my perception of my abilities, even when it comes to serving the kingdom of God.
Maybe like me, you easily fall into the trap of believing that in order to serve God and his people effectively, you need to bring something exceptional to the table but can only see your own flaws. This misconception stems from a societal emphasis on productivity and comparison. Consequently, these doubts can cast a shadow on our willingness to serve.
Remember the story of Moses from a few weeks ago? When God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses felt inadequate. He had a speech impediment, lacked eloquence, and even questioned God’s choice. Yet, God didn’t look for someone already equipped with all the necessary talents. He chose Moses with all his perceived weaknesses and turned them into strengths through his guidance.
God doesn’t seek perfection; he values willingness and faithfulness. Both your strengths and weaknesses have a purpose in serving God’s kingdom as they both require dependence on God. Paul tells us that God’s strength is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Our weaknesses are not hindrances, but rather opportunities for God’s power to shine through and impact the lives of those we serve. This perspective shifts the focus from our insufficiencies to God’s limitless capabilities.
Volunteering at church encompasses a variety of roles and responsibilities that shape our community. We’ve each been given unique gifts and talents by God and called to serve (1 Peter 4:10). Serving is a reflection of our faith and love. Jesus himself set the ultimate example of service through his sacrificial life. Jesus says, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). It’s important to remember that we are not defined by what we bring to the table, but by the invitation God extends through his Son, Jesus. When we begin to understand the magnitude of what God has done for us, serving becomes a natural response.
As you prayerfully consider how you could use your gifts to serve God’s people here at St Andrew’s or with our mission partners, remember that God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, he simply asks for a willing heart. Just like Moses, your weaknesses, far from being stumbling blocks, can become stepping-stones toward deeper growth. No matter how small it may seem, your contribution holds the potential to impact lives, strengthen the church, and bring glory to God.