What do you say when the GOD of all the universe ask you to do something? Do you think yourself qualified? Are you good enough? Here is something to consider: is it even your place to ask these questions?
Don’t get me wrong, I think these are normal questions that come up in the mind of anyone called by GOD to do anything. After all, GOD never seems to do anything of little consequence, and undertaking such big things leads one to wonder if they are really the “right choice.” But do you think that GOD, the same GOD that takes on such marvelous and ambitious task would choose a vessel incapable of completing the task at hand? Well, yes. The truth of the matter is that you are most likely not qualified. In comparison to GOD (The only one worth making) you simply are not good enough. But none of this matters. It is GOD, in his power, that is going to do the work. You have the honor of being able to see it first hand. Would you really miss that opportunity because self-doubt?
Yesterday wrote about the account of the calling of Simon Peter in a post called ‘Fishers of Men”. Today I reread Luke 5:1-11 and saw yet another thing that popped out at me. Read the passage again and take note of what Peter says in verse 8 when the fish are hauled in after Jesus commands them to cast their nets.
1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”
6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.
7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,
10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
This is exactly what I am talking about. Peter saw the awesome power of GOD and asked him to leave. Peter did not feel good enough. PETER WAS RIGHT! But do you think that Jesus did not know Peter? Do you think that it was a surprise when Peter later rejected Christ out of fear, not once but three times. Absolutely not! Our GOD is not ignorant. He is not surprised by anything. He is purposeful and chooses each of us for works that He predestined us to do. works that bring him glory because they are done in his power, not our own.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
GOD uses broken vessels. He repairs them and makes them whole. He does this because he is so great, and it brings glory unto his name, and how glorious he is. Amen.
If GOD is calling you, and you feel inadequate for the task, know this: You are right, you are not good enough. What an exciting prospect, because if you are not good enough to do the task that he has called you to do, then he will have to do it through you. And if GOD is the one in control, surely you will succeed. GOD be praised! Amen.