God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called

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One of the great facts about the Christian church is that, throughout its history, the Lord has chosen to use very ordinary people to do His work. It seems as if He delights in taking folk that would perhaps escape the attention of everyone else and yet use them in ways that surprises everyone.

If anyone of us were called to pick twelve men who would change the world, I doubt that we would have chosen people of the kind that the Lord did when He chose the twelve apostles. They were ordinary working folk who according to the Pharisees were, “Ignorant and unlearned men”. Nonetheless, these uneducated commoners, were not only pivotal in taking the Gospel all around the Roman Empire, but were also responsible for writing several books of the New Testament.

Never say to yourselves, “God can never use me”. God is not looking for the qualified; He is looking for people who would just avail themselves to Him.

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians,  he told them: “not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many of noble birth”. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. He chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. Those whom He calls, He equips.

Isaac was a day dreamer, Jacob was a cheater, and Peter had a temper and denied Christ. David had an affair and tried to cover it up with murder. Noah got drunk, Elisha was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer and he was too religious.

Timothy had too many ulcers, Gideon was insecure. Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Rehab was a prostitute, and Samson liked prostitutes. Isaiah preached naked for three years, John the Baptist ate bugs and had second thoughts about the very Messiah he baptized.

Jeremiah was too emotional, Moses stuttered, Zacchaeus was too short, Abraham was too old and Lazarus was dead. God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

_ Sherin Johnson

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