I’ll never forget receiving the invitation to speak for the 60th General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Antonio, Texas. This year the GC was held at the Alamo Dome stadium —the former home of the San Antonio Spurs Basketball team which seats 65K people. Upon receiving the invitation, my initial response was, “Of the thousands of speakers in our church, why was I chosen? This had to be a mistake. Why me? Who am I? I don’t have some high position of leadership in the church. I am not an ordained Pastor. I don’t have any formal education that many esteem so important.” I honestly felt that there were hundreds of others more qualiﬁed and more godly than me for this responsibility. I felt unworthy and inadequate to speak on such a large stage at such a sacred event. Nonetheless, I accepted the invitation with much excitement and trepidation. As I prayed, the Lord gave me a message for His people. A message reminding us of the distinctive mission that God has laid upon us to fulﬁll in all the world.
When the GC began, I was extremely nervous but yet I had an amazing peace knowing that if God could use Moses, then surely He could use me too! When I ﬁnally stood up on that sacred stage in front of thousands of people in the audience and countless others watching via the internet and television, the Holy Spirit took full control. It was surreal. It was like I was in some private zone with just me and God up there. Jesus was uplifted and hearts were moved to tears by the power of God’s love. After the message was over, leaders and delegates from all over the world approached us and began to invite us to speak in their countries. It was further conﬁrmation that we made the right decision in resigning from CCC to take the message of Christ to all the world. We thank God for the doors that have opened to us.
There are many precious lessons that the Lord taught me through this experience. But perhaps this one is the most potent: I’m learning that God is not dependent upon our own abilities, skills, education, degrees, resources, or eloquence; nor is God limited by our lack of any of those things. God is only dependent upon our humility and availability. And He is only limited by our pride and lack of faith. One of my favorite quotes comes from the book Ministry of Healing p.182 which reads, “Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on the merits of the Savior.”
If we humbly place our frail, weak selves in the hands the omnipotent God, He will use us mightily for His glory and for the blessing of others! Let us give God all the glory for choosing us despite us.
“So today, while the humble worker for God is following his employment, angels of God stand by his side, listening to his words, noting the manner in which his work is done, to see if larger responsibilities may be entrusted to his hands. Not by their wealth, their education, or their position does God estimate men. He estimates them by their purity of motive and their beauty of character. He looks to see how much of His Spirit they possess and how much of His likeness their life reveals. To be great in God’s kingdom is to be as a little child in humility, in simplicity of faith, and in purity of love” (Ministry of Healing p.476-478).
By: Taj Pacleb