Some while ago, when I was on a mission in Uganda, I asked the teenage Son of my host as we were walking through the village, if he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He replied ' to be an evangelist like you' - he quickly followed this remark by asking the question 'What qualifies you to be an evangelist'?
I thought for a moment, and then replied ' well I've been to college, I have a piece of paper that says I've done a certain course and passed the grade, I have a lot of experience working in different situations, including Christian ones, but I don't think any of that qualifies me to be an evangelist' I continued...' I think what qualifies a person to be an evangelist is what God puts in their hearts, It's the passion he gives someone to tell others about Him'.
Thinking about that now it seems quite a simplistic answer, but true none the less. So often we can look to others to give us
affirmation, counsel and acceptance that we need, which is right and good - 'in the multitude of counsellors there is safety' (Proverbs 11:14) but there is something deeper than outside counsel that God puts within us.
It's interesting that Jesus called the likes of tax collectors, and fishermen to follow Him. Folks that were just ordinary people - but people that God used to turn the world upside down. Even the religious leaders, when they saw 'the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated men and untrained men, - marvelled'. The key? ....'they realised they had been with
Jesus'. (Acts 4:12)
It's our relationship with Jesus and what He, through the Holy Spirit puts into our hearts that qualifies us to enter into the
calling he puts on our lives so we may fulfil our destiny in Him.
So if you're feeling 'unqualified' - then just ask yourself, what has God given me? What desires as he put in my heart? What gifts has he given me?
Let that passion rise up within you, step out in faith, and He will carry you, enable you, and equip you in your service to Him.