What Qualifies You?

If you are like most people, then you doubt your ability and capacity to do whatever it is that you feel God wants you to do. This is a refrain that I have heard quite often in my decade of working in full-time ministry. People feel as though they cannot live up to the task that God has placed on their hearts. I would venture to say that most people walk away from chasing after their calling without ever giving it a chance. They decide to stick with their normal, comfortable life— never believing that they were fit to fulfill the Lord’s request of them. 

At the end of the book of Exodus, in a, um, less than exhilarating narrative, God was instructing Moses and the Jews on how to build the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a big tent in which God’s presence physically dwelt. Trust me when I say that it was *very* detailed instructions. I love and have a passion for the Bible, but that part is not what I would consider a real page-turner. Even still, the Israelites were making a house for the Lord, so it absolutely needed to be perfect. This was a tall and important task, not one for which just any person would be qualified. 

Exodus 31:1-3 says, “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship.” Who is Bezalel? No idea, besides who his dad and grandfather are. All that we know is that he was the one chosen to be the foreman and main builder of the Tabernacle. Exodus 31:6 tells us that a man named Oholiab would be Bezalel’s assistant. He was also given the ability for the position by God. What qualified these two men to be the ones who constructed the very place in which God made his residency and would converse with Moses? Nothing, aside from the fact that God chose them for the job. 

This is the same for us today, and it’s how it has always been for God’s people. None of us are qualified to step into the roles that God has crafted for us. Yes, we may have schooling and training that makes us more knowledgeable and prepared. However, we are not truly fit to do the work of the Lord. It is far too big of a task for us. Who amongst us can truly say that they are worthy of being a co-worker with God, as 1 Corinthians 3:9 says? I don’t believe that any of us are truly worthy based upon our own merit. Thanks be to God that it is not up to us or our resumés. 

We are qualified simply because God says that we are. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God, in all his infinite wisdom, has hand-selected each of us for specific tasks. That is what a calling is: finding out what works God has prepared for you. If God has prepared the work for you, then he has prepared you to do the work.

Look back at the Exodus verses I shared; God filled Bezalel and Oholiab with his spirit to make them capable of doing what it was that he chose them to do. He has filled all of those who have believed in Jesus with the Holy Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are enabled to say yes to God. 

Have you ever noticed that most of the things that God calls us to do seem daunting at the time? That’s because they are. We are meant to stare at the tasks ahead of us and feel small. It is when we feel small that we realize that we serve a big God. We realize that we can’t do it on our own. We run into trouble when we mistakenly think that we are supposed to do it by ourselves. In those times, we need to believe what Proverbs 3:5 says; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” That is the only way that we can truly say ‘yes’ to our calling. 

God has prepared works for you; he did so long before you felt the calling. Think about that for a second; he has *specifically* chosen you for the job. That may seem overwhelming, and that’s ok. Take heart in the fact that you are not left to your own devices to fulfill the job. He has filled you with the Holy Spirit and promised to be with you every step of the way. That is why we should confidently say ‘yes’ to whatever it is that he wants us to do. That is why we can unhesitantly answer the call. Because we know that it is not all on us; it’s mostly on God working through us. All that we have to do is say, “Here I am, God. Send me.” After you say that, he will use you to accomplish the impossible. You are his beloved, and you have been chosen to do his work. Will you go? Will you do what you were created to do?

***If you liked this, then I think that you’ll enjoy my book. You can buy it by going here. Also, I have started a His Kingdom/ Our Good podcast. It’s available on Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, and Anchor.***

Published by smith1626

I am the Director of Youth Ministries at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot, WV. Mostly, I am a sinner saved by amazing grace.

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