One of the very first things that I noticed in this book was the seemingly “average Joe” that Pastor Jim appeared to be at the time. He was a young newlywed businessman with a major in sociology and ZERO Bible college or seminary education. So when his father-in-law asks him to consider “stepping out in faith” to lead a church in need of a pastor, Jim’s very assured response is “I’m not qualified.” And can anyone really blame him? Truthfully, that would be my immediate response, as well. In fact, it tends to be a knee jerk reaction for me in many areas of my life. “Oversee employees? I’m not qualified. Lead a Growth Group? I’m not qualified. Contribute a post for the church book club blog? I’m not qualified.”
But here’s the thing, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” *
Our job as Jesus-followers is to prayerfully seek His will no matter what our resume says. To allow ourselves to be open to the good that He ultimately always has for us, even if that means stepping out of our comfort zone. Stepping out in the blind faith that we have knowing that He’s already equipped us to tackle anything He asks of us:
Philippians 2:13 - “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”
Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Proverbs 3:6 - “Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
2 Corinthians 3:5 - “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”
And hey, let’s not forget some of the many well-known “unqualifieds” God uses throughout the Bible alone. Peter had a temper, Gideon was insecure, Martha was a worrier, Moses stuttered, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was DEAD. If God successfully used them and all of their hangups for His divine purpose, we know that He can do the same for us. PRAISE GOD!
So even though we know that if God is for us, who/what could possibly be against us, let’s trust Him. With our hearts pounding, palms sweaty, and with those feelings of being “unqualified” swirling about, let’s leap in faith of our Promise Keeper. After all, “nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37.
(*Not my catchy quote, but no clue where credit is due. )