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The World Does Not Qualify Us, God Does

We don’t have the right to claim that we have done anything on our own. God gives us what it takes to do all that we do.- 2 Corinthians 3:5 CEV

“Pressure to succeed” seems to be one of the most prevalent mindsets in 2018. While many people have started a movement to branch out from what is considered to be the norm, many struggle to pursue and invest in their interests and dreams for fear of failing miserably or looking like a fool in doing so. Great ideas are quickly pushed aside and replaced by negative declarations such as, “I am not good enough,” “I am not smart enough,” and “Someone else is more capable than I am.” When we find ourselves in this vicious cycle of wanting to succeed and accomplish more than we could ever imagine but not believe that we are qualified to do so, we don’t even give ourselves a chance. I can say that this has been one thing that I have been working through, some days more so than others. So when I came across this quote from Bethel worship singer, Kalley Heiligenthal, it stood out to me.

You were not your own idea, you’re His idea. He created you and qualifies you. -Kalley Heiligenthal

I began to mull this over and think about what this truly means. He created us for His purpose, meaning that all of the pressure that we have to succeed and be more than we are no longer applies. This promise from God can bring peace to those who find themselves in this battle, but it can also bring hope for what’s to come! In a world where our qualifications in education, business and even in the church brand us for success or failure, what does life look like when God qualifies us?

Paul is one of those individuals from the Bible who probably questioned God more than others. When God called him to leave the life he had been living and follow Him, Paul’s reputation went before him causing others to question his qualifications as well. Paul began his journey persecuting Christians and inflicting pain and suffering because he could. When the Lord met him, however, everything changed.

In the book of Acts, we read Paul’s story. After Paul was called out by God, God interceded on Paul’s behalf through a man named Ananias.

“11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”- Acts 9:11-16

Paul was not qualified in any way, shape, or form to proclaim the Gospels, and he probably questioned God’s choosing of him for months or even years afterward, but God didn’t waver when challenged. Instead, He stood up for His child! God defended Paul, a man who would have never defended God.

As the saying goes, God did not call the qualified but instead qualified the called. Paul’s story is just one of many in the Bible where God brought out the gold in people and equipped them for incredible works, showing that His plan and His mercy are both greater than we could ever know.

Qualifying us for God’s work will not always look the same and it shouldn’t, as each of us has our own relationship with Him. While we may not understand how God is qualifying us for His plan, we just need to trust that He will never lead us astray.

Focus on God and know that the pressures of this world are no match for Him. He is laying a path before you with intricacy, precision, and care because you are His child and that is enough.