We suffer at times from “imposter syndrome.” You know—that feeling you aren’t qualified for the job despite evidence of the contrary. It’s often an excuse to avoid the risk of doing something new and just stay in place with our familiar comforts.
In discipleship, however, there can be no imposter syndrome because what qualifies us for mission is not ability, experience, or knowledge. Just look at the Scriptures! Time and time again, God chooses the least qualified upon whom the mantle of priest, prophet, and king are placed.To be chosen for discipleship does not mean we can make excuses. Rather, our response to our inheritance in Christ is to be “resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem” (Lk 9:51). Click To Tweet
That choice is manifested today through initiation into Christ. It is initiation that enables us to do the job of disciple: “[T]he three sacraments of Christian initiation closely combine to bring us, the faithful of Christ, to his full stature and to enable us to carry out the mission of the entire people of God in the Church and in the world” (General Introduction, Christian Initiation 2).
To be chosen for discipleship does not mean we can make excuses. Rather, our response to our inheritance in Christ is to be “resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem” (Lk 9:51). Like Jesus, we cannot be half-hearted, clinging to our old ways while trying to follow him. To live into our call, we must always be moving forward, never looking back, our face set like flint to the Cross.