If you’ve read any of my blogs you are well aware I was not raised a Christian. Your also well aware that I did not start believing in God until a few years ago and began in Youth Ministry a year after I was saved by the Lord. The journey has been beautiful, insane, crazy and incredible. When I first felt a call into being a youth pastor I first asked God, “what are the qualifications?” In fact, I think I asked many people, “how can I feel this call with NO qualifications?”
God doesn’t call the equipt, he equips the called.
Someone recently read me that quote and I can’t think of a better quote to try and explain what God has put on my heart this week. I have recently been doing a Bible Study on Jonah with one of my great friends, and this week she touched on something that brought all the hallelujahs and amens right out of my soul. She talked about the Holy Spirit. For any non-believers reading this, and yes, I believe you are because I would read stuff like this too and scoff the entire time at the ridiculous comments BUT I urge you to read this one through.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The gift of the Holy Spirit Peter said. What a beautiful, incredible, amazing gift we are GIVEN by God when we repent and accept Him as Lord. If you’ve been given the gift of the Holy Spirit YOU ARE QUALIFIED. This was and still is the most difficult part of this call on my life to be a Pastor.. What are the qualifications?
JESUS TOLD US all we needed to know! We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit so that God may do HOLY work through us! We have the living God INSIDE OF US!
Today, STOP asking God if you are qualified. Stop feeling like you aren’t good enough. Stop asking God if He is sure when it is YOU that are unsure in your Faith if you doubt who He is calling.
“Forgiveness of past sins qualify you for present service” – Pricilla Scrier Jonah Study week 3
Do you realize that? Do you fully accept God in your life? Then ACCEPT that you are forgiven and that you are qualified.
Quit asking God if He is sure and start telling God you are ready.
What are your qualifications Lord? No. What are my duties Lord?