One of my favourite people in the Bible is Joseph. A young man who was rejected by his family because he was a dreamer and then, after many years, thrust into the most influential position over a nation second only to the Pharaoh. It wonderfully displays how God chooses people that seem insignificant and unqualified to change society. It seems to me that God raises people up from the least to the most gifted to champion the cause of Kingdom advance. Everyone has an invitation to partner with God to discover their unique destiny. For some, it will be seemingly insignificant and for others, it will be massive platforms. But all it will be full of adventure and excitement.
Everyone gets to play.
God has given me the privilege of serving Him through the prophetic ministry and people often comment that I am able to prophesy with great clarity, accuracy and power. You would think that to be able to stand in front of a crowd of people and deliver such prophetic words would point to a life that is powerful and confident – but nothing could be further from the truth.
I was born prematurely with Pierre Robin Syndrome – a cleft palate is one of its common characteristics – which severely impacted my speech. Added to this, for most of my childhood I had a sickly constitution. All of this affected me in social settings. I was shy and had a fear of crowds. At school, I dreaded any project that included a class presentation, where I was expected to get up and speak in front of my classmates. I would literally be sick beforehand. In fact, my entire school experience was marred by the ridicule of my peers. Their harsh words pierced me deeply and exacerbated my speech impediment and general awkwardness.
At the age of 9, God began to speak to me about shaping nations and releasing his word to many. It was a simple moment of being aware of how big God is and how much he loved me and wanted me to join him in redeeming the earth.
I began to discover that God would impress on my mind and heart things that would begin to happen, events in our family or what people were feeling. It was as if I was able to pick up things that God wanted me to know. From there I started learning how to partner with God in prayer and how to tell others what I was feeling or seeing. Thank God for great parents who were able to help me navigate my sensitivity to spiritual atmospheres.
Talk about God confounding the wise. He took a boy who had been ridiculed for his speech impediment and gave him a ministry of speech – preaching and bringing prophetic words!
God anointed my speech in order to build His kingdom. He took my weakest characteristics, the most insecure, vulnerable part of me, and made it the vehicle for His purposes. It is divine justice. God uses the weak to disarm the strong.
Are there areas of your life that make you feel disqualified, or weak? Those might be the very areas where God’s strength is going to show. His desire is for you to find your unique space that will unlock your destiny, regardless of what might seem to be holding you back.
Hear more of Julian’s personal journey in his book The Kiss of the Father.