By The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:9-14 NIV)
Have you ever applied for a job and were told that you were not qualified, that you didn’t measure up? Perhaps the interviewer thought that you just didn’t meet the criterion. You were told that you didn’t have enough education or that you had too much education. Perhaps, you didn’t have enough experience. Most of us have are familiar with that song and dance. Most have been through an ordeal like that in our quest to find gainful employment.
There are times when people may not consider you to be qualified or you just don’t measure up to their standards. But, what are God’s standards? The greatest job on the planet is offered to us—to be in the service of God. Now, what are the qualifications for divine service? What does God look for on a résumé—experience, education? What qualifies us to be on his team?
Did you know that God’s team, the church, is full of people who don’t measure up? To God being unqualified is not a prerequisite for service. “Qualified” in the original Greek, in verse 12, means to “make sufficient, render fit, to equip one with adequate power to perform duties”. The only requirements for serving God are obedience and the deep desire to fellow Jesus.
But he [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
The world may see blanks in your résumé but God, through Christ, fills in those blanks. He’s not looking for self-sufficient people. He wants God-sufficient servants who wholly depend on him to qualify them and make them ready for service.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. (1Corinthians 1:26-29)
So the next time you since that God is calling you into his service, don’t try to make excuses. He wouldn’t have called you if he wasn’t going equip you.
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6 NIV)
(1) The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, by James Strong Thomas Nelson Publishers (1991)