Have you ever felt unqualified to do something for God?
The following is an excerpt from the new book by CTEN’s founder, Richard Malm.
Commission To Every Nation: How God Is Using People Just Like You To Bless The Nations
Would God really choose ordinary people like you and me
when there are so many skilled, talented, trained and gifted
people He could choose instead? Yes!
In Jesus’ day, the most talented, educated, and gifted Bible
scholars, teachers, seminarians, and religious people in the
world were in Jerusalem. It was filled with keepers of the law,
people with perfect pedigrees and spotless backgrounds.
Surely, Jesus should have gone to the temple school and
conducted interviews to find His disciples. He could have
found the most brilliant, talented communicators and
scholars of His day. They were right there, gathered in
Jerusalem, willing and wanting to serve God.
He was picking men for the most challenging and crucial
mission ever committed to man. There was no plan B. They
absolutely had to succeed.
We’re so familiar with the story that it loses its shock value,
but for literally the most important task of all time, God
didn’t choose a single Bible scholar. He didn’t choose a single
theologian. He didn’t choose a single qualified person.
He chose “ignorant and unlearned fishermen.” He chose a
low-level government employee. He chose a political radical.
He chose the “foolish things to shame the wise.”
God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think
they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are
powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at
all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.
As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
– 1 Corinthians 1:27-29