Certainly, it is improbable to fathom how deep, how high, how wide, or to what lengths the love of God towards man can be. Within my inability to grasp the dimensions of God’s love, there is one thing that reveals the depth of God’s love for man. This is often portrayed in how He calls the unqualified and shows His grace and power through them. Mehhhnnn! This has never ceased to amaze me.
God looks beyond our immediate struggles and more than that He lavishes His love, favour and grace on those who appear unqualified according to the world’s standards. He saves them from deadly traps and leads them in spiritual battles when need be. God indeed, sees to their wellbeing. He blesses their ministry and satisfies them with peace. So is the life of a man who God qualifies
Calling the unqualified has often been one of God’s speciality. Consider Joseph, David, Solomon, Esther, Ruth these were people who did not qualify per the standards of their time but God found and used them.
Calling the unqualified
I will like to refer to ‘calling the unqualified’ as an opportunity God gives to man irrespective of his shortcomings and honors him.
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are” (1 Corinthians 1:27-28)
Watch this! ‘God chose’ this means He intentionally selected you being aware of your weakness and incompetence. The thing is He makes what was useless useful, what was fruitless fruitful, what was painful gainful, in fact making the impossible possible is God’s speciality.
God’s calling comes with unique assignments aimed at teaching and training so that one becomes thoroughly equipped. You might not have noticed but pay close attention to scriptures and you will realize that God has been calling and equipping the unqualified from the beginning of time.
Sadly, today, it is common to see many who refuse to do God’s work because they consider themselves ‘unqualified’. Perhaps, you have rated yourself ‘unqualified’ because of your level of education, your inexperience, your age, your background or your past way of life. If you live with an unqualified mentality you will come to nothing. For it is God who calls and qualifies the ‘unqualified’.
Using the unqualified
Let’s delve into the scriptures and learn about people who were unqualified by human standards, but after God chose them they produced such tremendous results.
Apostle Peter, aka Simon (Matthew 10:2), aka Cephas (John 1:42). He started well, just as many believers do today, confident, convinced, committed, and charismatically charged in Christ.
A man who by revelation proclaimed the identity of Jesus. “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16 KJV). I’m talking about a man who walked on water (Matthew 14:28-29), picked a coin from the mouth of a fish at Jesus’ command (Matthew 17:27).
An unschooled fisherman as Peter was, his servant-leader qualities were evident in how he feared God and carried himself. In Jesus’ own words He said: “…thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18 KJV).
Along the line, Peter denied the Lord. Not once, not twice but three times before the break of dawn (Matthew 26:69-75). That was a breaking moment for the man who had walked with Jesus.
Again, he left the work of the ministry to pursue his old profession (fishing). Surprisingly, immediately he said “brothers I go a fishing”, the disciples joined him. Sadly, they caught nothing (John 21:3).
Let me break down a mystery to you, don’t quit God’s work thinking you’re doing yourself any good because what you are actually doing is shuttering the potentials of many under your care or others who look up to you.
The man Peter considered himself unqualified to do God’s work. Thanks be to God that Peter did not hang himself to death like Judas did. Rather he made good use of the opportunity given him when Jesus reinstated him.
In John 21: 15-23, Jesus reinstates Peter and gives him a threefold ministerial assignment (i.e. feed my lamb, tend my sheep, feed my sheep) after questioning Peter’s love for Him. In the latter part of Peter’s life, we see “a new Peter”. The Lord filled him with the Holy Spirit, empowered him and made him a bold person. What do you see here?
Peter did not take this opportunity for granted at all. He served in love, without fear and through his work many souls were saved. I know you are familiar with his sermon that turned the heart of 3000 people to Christ at a go in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14-41).
God was with Peter and he did many signs and wonders whiles serving in his time. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he wrote 1 Peter and 2 Peter which were canonized as part of the 66 books of the Bible.
Amazingly, the story of Peter shares many similarities with that of Apostle Paul (aka Saul, Acts 13:9). I cannot talk about people whom God qualified without mentioning Apostle Paul.
Once he persecuted believers with his might and the law backing him (Acts 9:4-9). He vehemently resisted the gospel but God chose him and equipped him as a minister to the gentiles.
Consider how God is able to give a man who was persecuting his people an invitation into His service. Indeed, his ways are beyond comprehension.
Paul made every moment and breathe count as far as spreading the gospel and doing the work of God were concerned. Having this understanding that he has been privileged with such great opportunity, Paul worked hard. At a point, he said,
“…but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Seeing that an opportunity has been granted him, he worked, suffered persecutions, went through numerous challenges on his travels yet he kept his eyes on the price and the reason of his calling.
Apostle Paul in his time travelled to every part of Asia with the word. This here my friend is God using a man who was considered unqualified in the eyes of men.
Of the 66 books that make the Bible, Apostle Paul contributed to writing 13 of them. The man who at a time was considered unqualified to be a disciple was called, qualified and equipped by God to plant churches across nations in his time and to write almost 50% of the new testament.
“And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory” Romans 8:30 (NLT)
Show me a situation that makes a man unqualified and I will introduce you to a God who qualifies the unqualified. Beloved, in spite of human shortcomings, you and I have this same opportunity as Peter and Paul every day we wake up from our beds. It is my prayer that we don’t take it for granted but serve God, live for God and draw others to Christ.
God bless you!