Summary: Jesus doesn't call the qualified, he calls the committed.
Pastor Braden Pedersen:
Hey guys I am so excited to be back here on Faith4All we’re ready for a great year this year so excited to see God move.
We’re beginning a brand-new series called ‘I am UNQUALIFIED X2’ this is going to be a short 2-week series and I urge you to share it on social media, twitter, Instagram, facebook under the hashtag #f4aqualified.
So I want to begin by sharing a thought. Just one thought that’s gonna be the main idea of today, okay? Just this thought: God doesn’t call the qualified, He calls the committed.
When I was working on this message this week I hunted around online and found that in order to be the pastor of most churches in America, there are three kind of basic qualifications that are required if you want to be considered. They are:
1. You must have some sort of seminary degree
2. You must have been in the ministry for at least 5 years
3. You must have been married for at least two years
So seminary, 5 years experience, 2 years married. When I noticed this common trend among churches I wondered, isn’t funny that Jesus Christ the son of God wouldn’t qualify to be the lead pastor of most churches in America. Jesus Christ the son of God wouldn’t qualify to be the lead pastor of most churches in America. I mean he didn’t have a seminary degree, he only did public ministry for 3 years, and he wasn’t married. He fell short of every single worldly qualification. And this is something that hit very close to home, because just this week someone said that I was unfit to do what I was doing with Faith4All. He said I needed more experience before I could lead an organization like Faith4All ministering to and impacting so many people. He told me that I was not qualified. And guess what, I’m not qualified. I am unqualified. I am unqualified to serve the kingdom of God in the way that I do but God doesn’t call the qualified He calls the committed. We are ALL unqualified to serve God but Jesus didn’t come for the people who had it all together, he came for the people who need a savior. He didn’t call the religious leaders and the Pharisees who followed the law of religion perfectly as his disciples, he called the tax collectors, he called the tent makers, the fishermen. I’m going to abridge my statement from earlier a little bit to this: Jesus didn’t call the qualified he called the committed.
He called the all-in, no going back, love-filled, ludicrously generous, irrationally faithful people who wanted nothing but to serve him. He didn’t call the rich man who had lots and gave little, he called the poor woman who had little and gave all she had. He didn’t call the one who prays so everyone can see how spiritual he/she is, he called the one who prays with meekness and fear of the Lord. He called the unqualified, so if you feel unqualified to serve God then you are 100% correct. I Am Unqualified. But if I recognize that I am unqualified, and I humble yourself under the mighty hand of God then I begin to see Him become my qualification. His Holy Spirit within me is my qualification to share the gospel to anyone who will listen.