This afternoon I was reminded of a truth that I had forgotten. I had recently completed a spiritual gifts course, but I was conflicted over what the results were telling me. Now as far as gifts go, mine are pretty good, but I didn’t feel qualified to fulfill any of the callings that could accompany those gifts. I am a shy person, and I find talking to others extremely difficult. I feel too small to share the gospel. I felt as if I didn’t know enough to teach His glorious word. Rather than looking at what God has blessed me to do, I was looking at all of my shortcomings. Then I was reminded that God uses unqualified people for His glory.
When one studies the Bible we are confronted with a myriad of people that seem unqualified for the tasks that God assigns them. Noah had a drinking problem, yet he was selected as a man with a righteous heart to carry on humanity for God during the great flood. Abraham was a liar, yet he was chosen to be the first of God’s chosen people and from him was born a great nation. Moses was a murderer, but he was chosen to lead God’s people into the chosen land. No other prophet ever had a relationship with God as Moses did. Paul was a persecutor of Christians, but he was chosen to carry the gospel for Christ.
Then there is David. David was a nobody from nowhere. He was so insignificant that when Samuel came looking for the sons of Jesse, even his own father didn’t consider him. He was a young shepherd boy. He wasn’t some highly educated politician or theologian. He wasn’t a prophet blessed by God, he was just a shepherd boy. Yet God chose him to be anointed king of his chosen people.
What made that boy worthy of being a king? Nothing. He was totally unqualified for the position. He knew nothing about running a kingdom. He knew nothing about government. As a shepherd he was even considered unclean and with low social standing. Then why would God choose him for such a great task?
God chose David because he would become a man after His own heart. He chose that young shepherd because he knew how to love. David knew how to trust God and be obedient. God knew the faith that David had. He knew that David believed in Him enough to stand before a giant with a sling and a stone, faithful that his Lord in Heaven would bring victory. He knew that David would unabashedly worship Him with no care for who was watching. He knew that David would accept the conviction of his sin and repent when confronted. So God raised up a humble shepherd boy to be his king. With David was formed a covenant that would seal the line of kings through his bloodline to the birth of our king, Jesus Christ.
So as I look over my spiritual gifts inventory, I remember that God doesn’t pick qualified people. He picks people who give their hearts to Him, and willingly surrender to His will. If he picked experts then it would be their glory not His. He picks humble, broken, unqualified people to do his work. He does this so that when miraculous things happen, people won’t look to the servant but to the master. Whatever happens with these gifts has very little to do with me, and everything to do with the Holy Spirit inside of me.
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 NLT
Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I remembered that serving God isn’t about who I am, but who He is. It’s all Jesus, because on my own… I am unqualified.