6 Things to Remember When You Feel Unqualified
My brother recently texted me asking if we could hang out so he could use my “Jesus expertise”. My initial reaction was just incredibly flattered that he trusted me to talk about serious things in his life, as well as to give good and godly advice. My second reaction was “LOL WHAT JESUS EXPERTISE THOUGH.” I am not an expert! I am not particularly qualified to give my brother, or anyone else, advice. (And I’m not exactly qualified to write this blog. Shh, don’t tell anyone.) I haven’t gone to school for theology or counseling or anything like that. I don’t have any sort of qualifications. But thank goodness those are not prerequisites for Jesus!
We see a lot of stories in the Bible about God using unexpected, unqualified people. But despite them not seeming life the best person for the job (or sometimes seeming like just the absolute WORST person!), God still chose to use them in amazingly mighty ways. Why does God choose to work that way? Here are six things to remember when you feel like being unqualified counts you out!
1. Your Story is Powerful
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony... – Revelation 12:11a
There are two things that are powerful in overcoming the enemy – the blood of Jesus and our personal story. There is nothing more powerful than God’s love to change lives, and His great love was shown in the sacrifice of Jesus’ life. As Christians, we get to see the power of Jesus at work in our lives, and we all have a story to tell. People can argue with the Bible all day, but it is much harder for people to argue with our own personal experiences. I may not have Jesus expertise, but I do have Jesus experience. All that I can do here is share my experiences with you. I may not be able to get into super deep theological debates, but I can share with you what Jesus has done in my life. A testimony of a changed life has the power to help change a life.
2. You Have a Gift
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. – Romans 12:6-8 NIV
We all have gifts. My gift is not the same as your gift. But we have both been given the gifts that God intended for us, and He expects us to use them. There is so much to be said about gifts, but for now I will just say, without a doubt, YOU HAVE A GIFT. And since you have a gift there is a time and a place for you to use it.
3. You Are Equipped
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV
Whenever you feel unqualified, here is some hard evidence proving otherwise. God has “equipped you with everything good for doing his will”. That, to me, sounds like you are 100% prepared to do what God has called you to do. You have the skills and abilities required. You are the perfect candidate for the job. Even if you think someone else could do it better, God has chosen you and has made sure you are able to do it.
4. You Don’t Have To Do It On Your Own
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 NLT
Any of the qualifications I have are not mine. When I write, I don’t pray for my words to speak to you. I pray that somehow through my words, God would speak to you. The skills and abilities I have are not evidence of how amazing I am – they are proof of the Holy Spirit in me. If I tried to use my abilities on my own, I would most definitely fail. But when I trust in God’s strength, I know He will work through me to make an impact. You don’t have to believe in your own abilities; you just have to believe in God.
5. You Just Gotta
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
We are all given gifts. Our gifts aren’t meant to be hidden away because we’re too afraid to use them. God has placed a call on our lives, given us gifts, skills and abilities, equipped us to fulfill our calling, given us the strength to do it – so do it! The purpose of our gifts is to use them. Our gifts are meant to impact others and show God’s love, and that can only happen when we use them.
6. It Isn’t About You, Anyway
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Sometimes we just really suck at stuff. And sometimes that’s the stuff God calls us to do. Why in the world would He do that? Because it’s not about showing off your amazing talents and one-upping everyone else. It is about how awesome God is. Our gifts are meant to show off how powerful and loving our God is. Our gifts point to God.
I’m not a professional, but I do have gifts that God has given me, and it is my job to use them. God hasn’t commanded me to do anything that He has not equipped me to do. Maybe I don’t think I’m the best person for the job (maybe YOU don’t think I’m the best person for the job, either! That’s okay.). But for whatever reason, God chose me to do these things, so I better do them. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to do them alone. And neither do you.
What gifts has God given you? How is He calling you to use them? Leave a comment down below!