‘God has chosen.’ 1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV
People are often drawn to us because of our difference, not our similarity. So don’t fail them by downplaying the things God has given you that qualify you to meet their needs. The disciples didn’t blend in, they stood out, and the world they lived in took note that ‘they had been with Jesus.’ (Acts 4:13 KJV) They preached His message, used His methods, and demonstrated His miracles. At Antioch they were first called ‘Christians’ (Acts 11:26). That’s because they talked and acted so much like Christ. What a compliment! What a calling! What a challenge!
Because a cleaning lady told a Syrian general about her God, he was healed of leprosy (see 2 Kings 5). Because Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams when others couldn’t, he saved the world from famine (see Genesis 41). Because a boy offered Jesus what he had—five loaves and two fish—a multitude of hungry people was miraculously fed (see Mark 6:34-44).
When it comes to hiring, personality profiling is a useful tool for discovering someone's suitability for a job. But it’s different in God’s Kingdom. When God calls you, He equips you. Do you think you’re not qualified? Who told you that? Not God! His Word says: ‘God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise… the weak things… to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base 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.’ (1 Corinthians 1:27–29 NKJV)
So, the word for you today is—you’re qualified for the job!
SoulFood: Mt 21:1–16, Mk 11:1–11, Ps 118:19–29
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