Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An Unlikely Candidate

If you're looking for a job, you know how important it is to have the right qualifications.   In order to land that job, you need to have a good resume, listing work experience, education, and additional skill sets.  Employers will even check your credit rating and criminal background.  These standards can make it difficult for a lot of people to find a job. 

God has a different set of standards when looking for "employees".  In fact, instead of choosing the "best" candidate, He seems to choose the most unlikely people for the job.  Abraham and Sarah were unlikely choices for a couple to start a new nation.  David, the youngest of his brothers, was a strange choice for a future king, not to mention to defeat a giant.  Matthew, a tax collector, and Paul, a church persecutor, wouldn't have made anyone's list for choice of a disciple.  And what about Moses?

God chose Moses to go to Egypt and speak to Pharaoh.  Why Moses?  He had spent the last 40 years of his life in the desert, tending sheep.  He had no leadership skills (unless you count leading sheep), he had poor speaking abilities, and he was wanted on murder charges (remember that Egyptian he killed?)  Not a very likely candidate to lead God's people to freedom.

How do you see yourself  - well-qualified or an unlikely candidate?  None of us are "qualified" to receive God's forgiveness, love, mercy, and grace.  But He chooses to bestow them upon us anyway.  And God desires to use us too. 

Are you available?

Many blessings,

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13 comments:

  1. awesome lesson Lisa. Don't make yourself too likely, God loves to take the least likely and make them likely.

    Blessings.

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  2. I have always drawn encouragement from the fact that God can use even warped, bent, broken, dull, and dented tools. We need not be perfect.
    Thank you for the reminder. :)
    Blessings!
    Pam

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  3. I love that God doesn't call the qualified He qualifies the called.

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  4. One of my favorite things about the Bible is the way God is constantly using broken, sinful people to accomplish His plan. I actually wrote along these lines yesterday. Love this post!

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  5. I am completely unqualified and unworthy, but totally available and ready to serve! Great post Lisa!

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  6. Thanks for your thoughts today. It is amazing how God does choose those who are humble and teachable too. There is a plan and he knows his children well.
    This was a great read.
    Blessings to you and keep enjoying your journey.

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  7. I know that I am not near qualified or worthy, yet He calls me anyway. Amazing. I just have to be ready to say yes!!

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  8. Am an unlikely candidate that's honored to be chosen by our sovereign Lord.

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  9. I'm so glad that God doesn't look for qualifications like we do! I'd never get the job. :-)

    Beautiful reminder. Thanks!

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  10. A beautiful message Lisa! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Hope you will visit often. I will be following you too!
    Sharon

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  11. Great word Lisa!

    Thankfully, God doesn't work with the same "application process" we use to find employment; He sees into our hearts and when we open ourselves to His voice, He leads us to the path He knows we're made to travel.

    Have a Blessed Day my dear friend!

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  12. Hi Lisa - wow, so much for me thinking I'm not good enough. All I need to be is available. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  13. Great analogy Lisa. We are so very fortunate that God's love, grace, and mercy come into play. My qualifications simply wouldn't make the grade. Thanks!

    Rich

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