Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 6)
You're Not Qualified!
I am worn out and my lord is old...
Genesis 18:12 (NIV)
Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?... But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The Lord has not appeared to you...' I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.
Exodus 3:11,4:1,10 (NKJV)
O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
Judges 6:15 (NKJV)
Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.
Jeremiah 1:6 (NKJV)
I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?
Matthew 3:14 (NKJV)
I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.
Luke 1:18 (NIV)
We can't know how all the people closest to these stars reacted to God's big news. But God does reveal how they personally reacted. They felt incapable. Sarai, Moses, Gideon, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Zechariah confessed their inability to perform the jobs He had chosen them to do.

They were too old, too slow, too weak, too young, too low and seemingly unqualified. Without status, they came from pagan cities, minimal towns and desert holdouts.

However, they were humble, didn't worship idols and came to believe fully. Even more, they disregarded fears and naysayers to perform God's directives.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Did God really call little old you? Can He be calling lots of kids, too? What if all of this is new to you and you haven't trained for years and years?

Maybe your friends are 'normal' Christians and not one of them shares your calling. Your church family doesn't get it, and they question the path you've chosen. If your success doesn't come quickly, they're quick to say you should give it up.

Really? God's Word doesn't agree. How many leaders were qualified by worldly terms of accomplishment? How many stars went straight to the top without some years of blood, sweat and tears? So the next time someone you know says, 'You're just not qualified for this role,' smile and continue to move forward.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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