“I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.” (Amos 7:14)
No prophet, no servant of God in any capacity, appoints himself. God does not collect resumes and choose the best candidate for a job based on prior experience. God chooses the weak, the feeble, the inexperienced, the humble.
- “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
When we feel insufficient, insignificant, unworthy, and unable, we are in exactly the state of mind that God prefers. It’s not a formula for guaranteeing a certain ministry, but it is an indication of a heart that is ready to be used by God.
- Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).
Competence, sufficiency, adequacy–qualification for ministry is only through the Lord. Rejoice in Him, in His divine choice in you, who are completely unworthy, yet found to be useful to the master.