I am unqualified—He is not
I don’t know about you guys, but I frequently feel as though I am not qualified to be in the position I am in. And I am not just talking about the position I have here at camp. I often feel unqualified to have the friendships I have, to lead bible studies, to teach Sunday school classes, and even just a natural feeling of being unprepared and unqualified for daily activities. I am not the kind of person who plans things in advance and that is probably the root of this mindset. Luckily for me, I have a heavenly Father who knows and cares for me so much that He chooses to use me regardless of all my inabilities. It is my hope that people see Him in what I do and understand that if it were not for His more than capable abilities working through me, I would not get much of anything done. Surely some of you feel the same as I do, and if you are one of those people there is good news! 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 tells us “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” ESV.
It blows my mind to think about how true those verses are in my life. You can ask anyone who knows me well if a majority of my life is made up of me doing foolish things that somehow work out properly and they will tell you that is true. I am also, aside from being pretty weak physically, a generally weak mentally and emotionally person as well. So it is mind bottling that God uses me to teach others, encourage others, and lead others. It is solely because of the guidance of the Spirit that any of those things are possible. In regards to being low and despised, I did not come from the lowest of poverty stricken or socially influential families, but things were not always peachy. It was never a guarantee that I would become the man I am, and I can confidently say that I would not be where I am today if it were not for the endless grace and mercy of God transforming me from nothing into something for the glory of His kingdom.
I am still severely lacking in most facets of my life, but God is not done working on and in my life. I am reminded of the old (to me) church song “He’s still working on me”. I can daily see the ways He is continually investing and working in my life. If I had to pick a saying that embodied my life it would be “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called”. No matter what phase of life you are in, you do not have everything together. We never do, and doubtfully ever will. Our God doesn’t wait for us to be perfectly prepared before He calls us into action because then we would think that we had something to do with our success. The reality is that we are never fully prepared for what God has planned for us, but He is and we can take comfort in that. Please remember that our inabilities are unimportant to God. He is concerned with our willingness to be obedient when He calls and our trust in Him to qualify us for what is to come.
Even though we are unqualified—He is not!