Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chosen vs. Qualified

Remember Aaron?  The brother of Moses; a leader of the Israelites; priest of God.  Wait a minute.  Priest of God?  Wasn't Aaron the one who gave in to the people's demands and made a golden calf?

Was Aaron qualified to be priest?

Do you know David?  Youngest son of Jesse; shepherd boy; champion of bears, lions and giants; king of Israel and friend of God.   How can this be?  Wasn't David the one who had a man killed to hide that he had committed adultery?

Was David qualified to be king?

And what about Mary?  Young girl; betrothed to Joseph; homemaker; mother of Jesus.  Why Mary?  Wasn't she basically unknown and unimportant?

Was Mary qualified to bear the Savior?

Consider Lisa.  Oldest of four children; wife of Richard; stay-at-home mom; high school educated; worship leader; pastor's wife; Bible study leader; child of God.  Why me?

Is Lisa qualified to be used by God?

The answer to all these questions is NO!  There was nothing special about Aaron, David or Mary.  And there is nothing special about me.  

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit.
John 15:16

What makes all of us special and able to do anything is that we are CHOSEN by God. 


Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:15-16
15.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16.  Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.

11 comments:

  1. Wow! Thank you so much, Lisa. I needed that scripture today. John 15:16. That scripture along with my devotion this morning...amazing! Just to know deep down in my knower that God has CHOSEN me...especially when I don't feel very 'chosen.' Thank you fo rletting God use you.

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  2. What a wonderful post, Lisa. I am so glad God has chosen me to be one of His. I may not do anything special but what I do do He must think it is special. If each of us would be able to help someone know the Lord that would really be special. I hope I have done that. Thanks for a really wonderful post. Blessings to you.

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  3. I am so not quailfied for what God has called me to do. But I don't have to be. I have to be willing to say yes because He has chosen me. Thank you for this reminder

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  4. What a great post. I love your approach to this question. God uses the unusable. None of us (on our own) are qualified to be used to by God. To Him be the glory!

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  5. Thank you Jesus for choosing me... unqualified... unworthy and wretched me! May we glorify Him in everything!

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  6. I for one am glad I don't have to be qualified to work for God cause I would fail miserably in the interview. All we need to know is he chose us and we have to be ready to go when He says go. Praise God for that.

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  7. I know I have failings, weaknesses and faults but He finds ways to use me all the same. What a wonderful "Employer" God is!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  8. What a great reminder that I really needed to hear today. I feel so unqualified sometimes, but He is the one who can qualify me. He chose me before the beginning of time for the tasks He has appointed for me!

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  9. Thankfully He equips those He calls. He has certainly equipped you as an encourager! Thank you for encouraging me.

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  10. Thank you Jesus for choosing me... unqualified... unworthy and wretched me! May we glorify Him in everything!

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  11. Wow! Thank you so much, Lisa. I needed that scripture today. John 15:16. That scripture along with my devotion this morning...amazing! Just to know deep down in my knower that God has CHOSEN me...especially when I don't feel very 'chosen.' Thank you fo rletting God use you.

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