I always find it amusing when the “good” religious people of the church begin discussing whether or not a person qualifies for church leadership or church service. Actually, I do not find it amusing at all…I normally get really frustrated and sometimes down right angry. I do not want to discredit God’s word when it discusses the offices of the local church. I read 1 Timothy chapter 3 and find myself being weighed, measured, and found wanting. I read that entire list and not only do feel unqualified, but I also feel unworthy. I am always blown away at how many people want to pick the parts of that list that makes others disqualified. I guess one of my greatest frustrations is when people pick the “husband of one wife” and then want to completely disqualify someone from ministry because they have been divorced. It blows my mind how a person can be as carnal as the day is long, still be married and be more “qualified” for the work of God than a man that has been divorced and loves God, loves his Bible, loves prayer, and serves like crazy. How about reading the portion of the text that speaks of being blameless, above reproach, and of good behavior? I guess you maintained good behavior the last time you rush hour traffic? Well, I guess I had better quit medaling so I can actually help those that are truly questioning whether they can truly be used by God.
Let me take you to another list that God that describes the qualification of God’s calling on lives. While reading this list I want you to pretend that you are reading it as a job posting. Ask yourself if you can meet the qualifications of the job. Here is God’s requirements for who he is hiring for his work: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea,and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. I always get a chuckle when reading this especially the part of “not many”. God even makes room for the over qualified. Read this list carefully. Are you foolish? You qualify. Are you weak? You qualify. Are you low? You qualify. Are you despised? You definitely are meet the criteria. You may be even thinking to yourself about all the things you are “not”. Do you realize that God can bring into existence even the things you are not? God is not looking for “qualified”. He is wanting to take those of us who are not talented, gifted, popular, smart, or strong use them to blow the mind of those that think they are more than qualified. To the one that feels insufficient. To the person that feels unqualified. To the man or woman that feels like they do not have anything to offer God. Let me just say you are just the kind of people God wants to use.
I will end with this. I will always steer clear of those that feel like they are qualified for the Lord’s work. Those that operate as though they are doing God a favor by being a part of his family are those that are full of pride and are usually the least qualified of all. Thankfully, God is interested in those that have nothing to offer God but a life that is willing to be used.
Thank you Lord for wanting to use the underdog.