This weekend I had the privilege of attending a local women’s conference at my church. The theme of the conference was “She is…” In keeping with this theme, the topics during the sessions were: she is confident, she is still, she is wise, she is desirable, she is loved, and finally, she is obedient. All the speakers had some great things to say, but there was one thing that almost every speaker said, “I don’t feel qualified to be here speaking to you.” However, I would have to disagree with them. For the sole reason that God had called them to that place, every single woman who walked onto that stage and spoke was very qualified. God put them there and that is all the qualifications anyone needs.
God has made each and everyone of us on purpose, for a purpose. In this we may feel unqualified, yet this idea is only based on what we would consider qualified. If God calls you to something it means you are qualified and are being equipped to handle the task set before you. And you know what is great? We are not the first ones to feel unqualified.
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” – Judges 6:15
Gideon was considered to be the least of the least, at least in the sense of position. He was the youngest of his family, belonged to the smallest tribe in the smallest nation. There may have been better warriors than Gideon, but they were not the ones who God asked to lead Israel against the Midianites. In the above verse we see Gideon questioning his qualifications to do what God had told him to do. To this God responds, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man” (Judges 6:16).
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” – Exodus 4:10
In Exodus chapter 3 we find Moses standing by the burning bush talking to God. Here God reveals His plan to Moses about rescuing the Israelites from Egypt. Following that, Moses has lots of questions for God since it is Moses who is being called to carry out this plan. The beginning of Exodus 4 is entitled “Sign’s of the Lord’s power.” Verses 1-17 describe all the amazing signs that the Lord would perform (through Moses), but it is verse 10 where Moses finally tells God, the Creator, that he was not created for the job. Did God not know who He was calling? Was God wrong? Of course not! Yes there were better speakers (in fact it is known that Aaron, Moses’ brother, was a much more proficient speaker); however, they were not the ones who were being asked to confront Pharaoh. Moses was more than qualified in the eyes of God to carry out what was before him. God did not expect Moses to speak alone either. In fact we see in Exodus 4:11-12 that God affirms His power as Creator and Lord of the earth, then proceeds to tell Moses that He will be with him as he speaks and that He will tell him what to say.
So here I have presented two people (of many others) who did not find themselves qualified to complete the job presented to them. Yet, they were the most qualified. God does not always choose people whom we deem to be “qualified” for a job, instead He reveals who He is through our weaknesses. God knows what He’s doing, it’s not an accident, or by chance the purposes He bestows upon us. And yet, we are still going to have moments where we are called to do something and feel like we are lacking and that someone else may do a better job, but guess what… We are qualified due to the simple fact that God purposed us for the job. In those areas we find ourselves lacking, God will fill in. Just like how God told Moses that He would tell him what to say. Also, we need to remember that God will not leave us either, which is what He told Gideon and Moses. He is equipping us for what we need to do.
Finally I would like to encourage the women who spoke this weekend. You are all qualified to speak and to share your hearts on that stage, and in fact you are all the most qualified. Thank you for standing there speaking from your hearts. You may not think of yourselves as being the best of speakers in the technical sense (or in the sense that there is always better and always worse), but you were all perfect for the job. Why? Because God purposed you for that. I would also like to encourage anyone who is reading this. Do not forget that you too are qualified to do what God asks. He does not make mistakes in His choosing. He knows who He is calling, what He is calling them to, and He will walk with us through that.
Let’s change our thinking and stop selling ourselves short because she is qualified.
p.s. guys, you are qualified too 😉