When You Feel Unqualified
by Emily Garner
I’ve previously been asked, in the nicest way, “you’re such a young woman leading in ministry, why do people listen to you?” Honestly, I don’t know and I frequently feel as if I’m not enough: not old enough, not experienced enough, not wise enough, and so on. I don’t believe I’m alone in this, no matter what your “not (blank) enough” lie is. As a young woman in ministry, feeling unqualified is something I’ve frequently experienced.
There is a lie we tell ourselves that there is some sort of benchmark of qualification or readiness in order to be used by God.
I’m here to tell you, and remind myself, that there isn’t. Here are four important truths to remember:
1. You are Enough.
You are enough, but not by anything you did or can do. You are enough because Christ made you enough. Because of His death and resurrection, the curtain has been torn, and our sins have been washed clean. Matthew 27:50-51 says, “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice he yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” This curtain was at the entrance to the Most Holy Place, where only priests could enter, who had been blessed and properly cleansed, but in Jesus’ death and sacrifice that curtain was torn open giving us sinners personal intimacy and access to God. You are enough because Jesus makes us enough and His sacrifice covers all of our sin.
2. All Fall Short.
All God’s children fall short and have “disqualifying” characteristics, excluding Jesus. Jesus is the only perfect man to walk this earth. Every other biblical person you may admire, has a characteristic that could disqualify them by our measures. Moses killed a man, Paul killed Christians, Matthew was a tax collector, Rehab was a prostitute, and God used each of them. While you may obsess over where you fall short, God sees the incredible ways He is going to use you.
3. God’s Qualification Process Isn’t Like Ours.
God’s qualification process isn’t like ours. Over and over again God chooses the weak, foolish, lowly, and despised. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 says, “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”
4. God Doesn’t Call the Equipped.
God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. Let’s take a closer look at when Moses was called in Exodus 4:10-12. Moses gives God every reason why he is not qualified or equipped to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. In verse 12 God says, “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” Just as God was with Moses, He is with us. His Holy Spirit will give us the words, the courage, and the compassion where we fall short when we ask.
Don’t exclude yourself because you feel unqualified, there is no benchmark of readiness to be used by God. God uses you wherever you are. Lean on your community, on WLI, on a support system of women who will encourage you to follow wherever God calls and He will qualify you!WLI