The Calling and the Qualification

There’s a saying that’s been going around for much longer than I have been alive, and it goes like this, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” The meaning behind this statement is to say that the Lord doesn’t always seem to call the most qualified person. We see over and over again in scripture where the Lord calls the least likely people to serve in enormous roles. When Israel wanted a king, they desired to have someone like Saul who the Bible describes as, “an impressive young man.” The Bible goes on to say, “There was no one more impressive among the Israelites than he. He stood a head taller than anyone else.” (1 Samuel 9:2, HCSB). He was the ideal candidate to forever rule the monarchy of Israel in the eyes of man, but it doesn’t take long to see that Saul was not the ideal king in the eyes of the Lord. Just a few chapters later, we see another who would be anointed king, yet he did not look the part. As Samuel looks through the sons of Jesse to see who the Lord would anoint as king, Samuel is somewhat surprised. He starts by looking at the eldest of Jesse’s sons and states, “Certainly the Lord’s anointed one is here before Him.”, but the Lord steps in and says, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” (1 Samuel 13: 6b-7). Instead, God would choose the scrawny youngest son of Jesse, David. However, less we think God calls those who are unprepared, we must look at David’s life a little more closely. It's easy to think that God calls the least likely, those who haven’t been prepared or trained, and that any physical means of preparation are useless to an all powerful spiritual being. However, God works within the confines of the natural world He created much more than we probably think. David, though a young man at the point of his anointing, seemed inexperienced; we learn later that he was anything but. He says himself in 1 Samuel 17:34-37, “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it down, and rescued ⌊the lamb⌋ from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed lions and bears… Then David said, “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Indeed, the Lord had been preparing David for this very moment, to deliver Israel from Goliath. Later on, David would be prepared for another 15 years before he would become king of Israel. Certainly God qualifies those He has called, but it is not without many trials, lessons, and times of patience. How is the Lord calling you into service? Pastor Jeff frequently talks about every member of the body of Christ, and more specifically, the body of North Acres Baptist Church, being called into ministry of some sort. How has the Lord prepared you to serve? We’re all called to service in Christ Jesus, the question is, are you being obedient and serving with the understanding that the Lord has prepared you for a such a time as this?
-Pastor Ben