Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 25, 2020

When Minimal Seeks To Define Us

“And I (God) have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence with knowledge and all craftsmanship to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.” Exodus 31:3-6 (ESV)

“I’m just a ______________ (fill in the blank). Quite easy to regulate ourselves to a title or job. I’m just a stay at home mom. I’m just a secretary. I’m just a waitress. I’m just a teacher. I’m just a single woman. I think we all get the point. The “I’m just” statements minimizes the very essence of God’s divine work within us.

When God instructed Moses on how to construct the tabernacle, He gave specific instructions. And when it came to who was to help, God didn’t leave out any details. And the best part was when he reminded Moses that He had filled these men with the Spirit of God. All of their gifts and abilities were empowered by God’s Spirit flourishing within them. Everything they brought to the table was not their own talents, but those entrusted to them by their Creator God which made them accomplished craftsmen.

We, sweet friends, are no different. Whatever our title (mom, secretary, waitress, teacher, single woman, etc), we are not minimal in the eyes of God. We are remarkably and wonderfully made (Psalm 139). Destined for great works. The very moment we accepted Christ into our heart, His Spirit took up residence in us. Regardless of our skillset and education, it is God’s Spirit infusing us with divine abilities and equipping us to fulfill the role He has for each of us.

People may label us or tag us as insignificant. We may latch on to those titles and own them, but God desires for us to embrace His equipping. Without Him we can do nothing. When we finally come to grips with His power working within us then we no longer see minimal. Long gone are the “I’m just” statements. All that we are, all we accomplish is a direct reflection of His Spirit working within us.

I’m a wife, mother, daughter, executive assistant, writer and lover of God – one who puts doubts of her own significance aside for the glory of pleasing her God. Covered by grace for those moments when minimal still seeks to slay me.

“Father, help us to not lean on our own abilities, but to welcome Your Spirit’s indwelling work with us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life


  1. Just love this, Janet! Such freeing, beautiful truth!

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