Lord, I’m Not Qualified: Guest Post by Joan Hall

Lord, I’m Not Qualified

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you – Psalm 32:8
Do you desire to serve the Lord in ministry? Do you aspire to lead Women’s Bible Studies or teach Sunday School at your local church? Perhaps you are sensing God calling you to a speaking or writing ministry. However, there is one problem – you don’t think you are qualified. You might be hesitant due to age or to lack of experience. You may think no one would want to listen to what you have to say or write.

Do you think you are too young? Job 32:8 tells us the breath of the Almighty makes us understand. Too old? Consider the prophetess Anna who, at age eighty-four, did not depart from the temple worshiping with fasting and prayer. (Luke 2:36-38)

Not qualified? No experience? Consider Jesus’ first disciples. He could have chosen scholars or members of the religious establishment, but He didn’t. Instead, he chose twelve ordinary men with ordinary occupations. Among them were fishermen, a despised tax collector, and a political extremist.

The only qualification these men had was their willingness to follow Jesus. They listened to His teaching and learned from Him. They became the first of many disciples. After Judas Iscariot left their presence to carry out his act of betrayal, Jesus told the eleven, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit… (John 15:16a, ESV).

Whatever you sense God calling you to do, obey. He is looking for willing servants. Remember that “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

Joan Hall can be found over at Reflections of His Grace where she writes beautiful devotional and inspirational posts and reflections from her life experiences. Leave her a comment here and visit her there!

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5 Replies to “Lord, I’m Not Qualified: Guest Post by Joan Hall”

  1. Wendy – I hope you are enjoying your time away. Thank you for the opportunity write a guest post.

    Sharon – yes I can relate. I often feel as if I've wasted many years not serving Christ in the way He has called me. However, He knew before the foundation of the earth that I would do this and yet still chose me (and you and all believers.)


  2. Wonderful and inspiring post Joan! We all need this encouragement because really, it has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with HIM! And, further, it is not about our abilities or lack of, but rather, who we are in Him!

    Loved it, thank you…

  3. Joan – Thanks for this post. I found it very encouraging! Sometimes I worry that I'm “too old” for God to effectively use me. BAH! The “enemy” speaks – I must NOT listen!!

    The Bible is full of “oldsters” that God used in a mighty way! Thanks for the great word today – it was a timely message for me.


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