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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Tuesday 21 April

Our deepest fear is that we are inadequate

There is a story that says when Jesus returned to heaven, the Archangel Michael barred his way. The archangel said, "How can you return to heaven? Your work is not yet completed. There are many who do not know about or who have not heard of your saving acts." Jesus said, "I have left my friends to complete what I have begun." The Archangel was amazed. "Do you mean those puny, often straying humans?" "Yes," said Jesus, "I trust them and I know that through following me they will bring my gospel to all the world."

So, if Jesus trusts us to continue his work - knowing that we aren't perfect and that we will make mistakes - who are we to say and think that we are not good enough, yet this is a comment I hear from so many.

Marianne Williamson writes.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
we ask ourselves: "Who am I to be brilliant, smart, talented, giving?"

Actually who are you not to be?

You are a child of God,
Your playing small does not serve the world.
we are all meant to shine, as children do.
we were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us:
it's in everyone.
And as we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

So let your light shine for all to see and then just stand back and wait to see what a difference it can make.

Yours in Christ