1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
Recently our Pastor asked my husband and myself to lead a class on marriage. For various reasons, neither of us felt qualified to do that. When I questioned the Lord about why we would be chosen to lead this class He simply stated to me that He doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. God doesn’t think like us. He chooses those who are not wise according to the world’s standards to fulfill the calling of God so that He can get the glory and not us. God rejects human wisdom because of its pride and self-glory.
Psalm 75:4-7 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.’” For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge; He puts one down And exalts another.
I like how the Living Bible says verses 6 and 7: “For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”
The horn speaks of strength so what the Lord is saying is don’t be talking about how you can do things in your own strength. That’s prideful and reflective of a person with an attitude that always is right. A stiff necked person has his feet planted in his own way of doing things. He always thinks he is right and there is no way but his own. But God brings promotion; not our own abilities or prideful attitude. He is the Judge; the one who decides matters and gives the decisions that will maintain or bring about a right state of affairs. We might think it’s our own abilities that gets us where we’re going, but God is the One who gives promotion.
1 Timothy 2:20, 21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Your attitude makes all the difference in the world. If God has called you to do what seems to be the impossible, then He will equip you as You yield to Him. I’ve felt inadequate so many times, and yet when I stand before the people God always comes through for me. He has never failed to minister through me when I’ve yielded myself to do His will. That’s all He’s looking for…a person who is willing to stand up and be used; just a vessel that He can flow through. He chooses those people who feel that they are nothing so that He can add His super to their natural to make the supernatural!
Paul, who said he was the chief of all sinners, was humbled by the fact that God called him into the ministry. He said in 1 Timothy 1:12-15:
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.
Paul said his ability to function in his ministry calling was because Christ Jesus enabled him and counted him faithful. He realized that it wasn’t anything that he did to fulfill his ministry calling, but it was Christ Jesus within him that did the work. God’s grace is exceedingly abundant! It was only as he yielded to the Holy Spirit within that he was able to accomplish the work that God had called him to do.
God qualifies a person by looking at their heart, not their exterior appearance. He doesn’t qualify a person based on academic level or their prestige in society. He looks for a person who is humble towards Him, easily teachable, and willing to be a vessel that He can flow through to touch the world. King David did not appear to Samuel like the one that God would pick to replace Saul as king and yet He told Samuel, the prophet, that He doesn’t judge by the exterior appearance of the person like men but He looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at this physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Samuel went down the line with all of Jesse’s sons, looking for the one that the Lord had chosen to replace Saul as king, but he didn’t find him in all the sons that were in the room. The one God had chosen was out in the field tending his father’s sheep. He hardly looked like kingly material; he was only a lowly shepherd boy who spent his time with sheep. How could he possibly lead a nation? And yet after God got through training Him, He was a mighty man of God leading God’s people with wisdom and strength. It is said of him that he was a man after God’s own heart. David was anointed with the Spirit of God to fulfill the calling that God had on his life.
1 Samuel 16:12-13 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
Once Samuel anointed David the Spirit of the Lord came upon him enabling him to do what God had called him to do. That’s the way it is with one who has been chosen to fulfill God’s calling on their life. The anointing to do the work of ministry comes as you step out in the calling of the Lord on your life. The Holy Spirit comes to anoint you for the work of ministry.
In whatever God has called you to do, He will equip you! Don’t think that you have to do it in your own power or ability. You just have to be willing, prepare yourself through prayer and Bible study, and then yield to Him for His power to flow through you as you minister. God’s super with your natural becomes the supernatural!
Father, I thank You for equipping those whom You call to do Your ministry. Thank You for not leaving them to do it on their own. Thank You, Lord, for flowing through them and anointing them to do the work that You want done. Father, I pray that as we yield to You that You will fill us to overflowing with Your Spirit and anointing to minister in Your name. Thank You for the ones that will come into the kingdom of God as You touch through each and every one of us as we step out in faith believing that You will use us. May You be glorified in us! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.