When I Don’t Feel Qualified…

“When I Don’t Feel Qualified…”
a devotional by Justin Tahtinen

Why am I Qualified to serve God, to talk about Christ? What gives me that right to spread the Gospel? I mean, I still feel like I’m just a kid! I didn’t even finish college!

I’m not a good person according to God’s word (Rom 3:23)– I’m sinful
So why would God give me the task to speak and share the Gospel if I am all of these things?

How can I be qualified or even be able to be used by God? Why would He call me?

“God does not call those who are qualified, but He qualifies the ones He’s called!”

Here are 27 examples of the unqualified being used by God!

  1. Noah got drunk………………………………………………………………….Genesis 9:20-21
  2. Abraham Was old and he lied about his wife……………………………..….Genesis 20:1-3
  3. Sarah laughed at God……………………………………………………………Genesis 18:12
  4. Jacob was a cheater…………………………………………………………………Genesis 27
  5. Joseph – Was abused………………………………………………………….……Genesis 37
  6. Moses murdered an Egyptian. Had a speech problem………………..Exodus 2:12-14, 4:10
  7. Rahab was a prostitute……………………………………………………………….Joshua 2:1
  8. Gideon was afraid……………………………………………………………….Judges 6:11-24
  9. Jephthah made a foolish vow…………………………………………………Judges 11:30-39
  10. Samson had serious problems with lust and anger……………………………….Judges 16
  11. Naomi – Was a widow………………………………………………………………….…Ruth 1
  12. Eli failed as a father………………………………………………….……….1 Samuel 2:12-36
  13. David was an adulterer and a murderer………………………………………….2 Samuel 11
  14. Solomon married foreign wives who turned his heart toward idolatry…….…1 King 11:1-8
  15. Elijah struggled with depression…………………………………………………1 King 19:4-9
  16. Job – Went bankrupt and lost his family………………………………………..Job 1:1 – 2:10
  17. Jeremiah – Was young……………………………………………………………Jerimiah 1:6-8
  18. Jonah ran away from God………………………………………………………………Jonah 1
  19. Samaritan Woman – Divorced……………………………………………………..John 3:4-32
  20. Zacchaeus – Was small and money hungry…………………………………….Luke 19:1-10
  21. Barnabas compromised the gospel…………………………………………Galatians 2:11-14
  22. Paul argued with Barnabas. They split without resolve……………………….Acts 15:36-41
  23. Paul – A Pharisee who persecuted Christians before becoming one……Acts 8:1-4, 9:1-9
  24. James and John wanted special seats in the kingdom……………………….Mark 10:35-45
  25. The apostles argued about who was the greatest…………………………Luke 9:36-38
  26. Martha – Worried about everything…………………………………………….Luke 10:38-42
  27. Peter denied Christ three times ……………………………………………..…Luke 22:54-62

There’s not much room for an excuse for me not to do what I’m called.

Most times we think that we are not qualified to serve God. Whenever we think or hear of ministry, we automatically think that’s another Christian’s job. Maybe it’s for those who look a certain way, or talk in a certain way, or even perhaps those who’ve gone to Bible school.

THAT’S  NOT  TRUE!

Most of the Bible prophets and Apostles were caught off guard when God called upon them to serve Him!

When David was anointed to be king, he was a mere shepherd, the youngest in his family. Out of all of his family he was the least qualified.(1 samuel 16:11-12)

The Bible is full of messed up and broken people:

  • Jonah ran from God! He also complained and argued with God constantly. Instead of going to Nineveh Jonah went to Tarshish. But even then God used him to save the entire city of Nineveh.
  • Peter? Peter preached at Pentecost and saw thousands come to believe in Jesus. Peter was a leader in the New Testament, but he also was an emotional roller-coaster, He was Hot tempered, and denied Jesus three times.
  • Lazaris was even dead when Jesus called him.
  • Moses murdered an Egyptian but was still chosen by God to lead the Israelites toward the Promised Land.

MOSES

We’re gonna stick with Moses here for a few minutes…

Exodus 3:9 – 4:17

One day Moses stumbled on a burning bush, which turned out to be God’s surprising call:

“Behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:9-10)

This calling was surprising to Moses. It scared him. So much so that he argued his point face-to-face with God.

God and Moses went back and forth over Moses’ calling.

Moses complained that he was a nobody, that he couldn’t speak clearly, and that they would not listen to Him. He did not want God’s calling and thought of any and every excuse not to go.

But, throughout the whole thing God was telling Moses that He would take care of him. He not only told Moses that He was God, but He showed him as well. He performed a miracle right in front of his face and told Moses His plan, but he still backed down.

“Lord, please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13) I don’t want this calling.

God said to Moses since you have such little faith for this, I’ll send your more eloquent brother, Aaron, with you and “I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do” (Exodus 4:15).

God wouldn’t let Moses out of it. He had Aaron do the talking but it was still Moses’ responsibility to serve God and answer his calling. God wanted Moses to understand that it is not about Moses or what he could and couldn’t do, but it was about God and what He could do with a broken and sinful person.

So, remember Moses. And remember that God’s call on you is not about you…. IT’S ABOUT HIM!!!

And the question is, are you willing for God to use your weakness to show how impressive he is?

Don’t use your weaknesses as an excuse for unbelief.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29
“Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence.”

We could go on and on about how God uses broken people to accomplish his purposes. Honestly, I like seeing these examples in God’s word. I like seeing that God can and will use me and my brokenness.

Following Jesus and leading others to Him is meant to be done when we understand our weaknesses and our brokenness and trust God with them.

If you ever need any example of someone who is not qualified to do God’s work but is chosen to do so anyways, look just about anywhere in the Bible. I have no doubt you’ll find someone. Because God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

In Christ,
Justin Tahtinen

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