Imagine walking into a law firm with a resume in your hand containing a list of all your skills and several part-time jobs that you held while working towards your degree. You finally received your diploma and knew that it was time to jump right into the work force. It was time to follow your dreams. You’re confident as you enter the room where a man and a woman are sitting while waiting to conduct your interview. You met the woman while standing in line at a coffee shop one morning less than a week earlier. You got to talking and she found out that you had just graduated at the top of your class, you were in the market for a job, and you were young and enthusiastic. You found out that her firm was hiring an intern and thought it would be an excellent place to start earning your living. The fact that you and the woman hit it off so quickly caused her to do something that she had never done before. She invited you to an interview before she even saw your resume. “Just bring it with you when you come on Monday,” she had said. So here you are with a resume in your hand, a smile on your face, and the hope for a bright future ahead of you. They invite you to be seated and ask for the paper which will show them all of your qualifications. You hand it over. You’ve got this! The man and woman look over the paper in front of them and very quickly their smiles turn to frowns and looks of confusion come over them. The man looks up and cocks his head to the side as though trying to understand why you are there. Slowly, he hands the paper back across his desk and sets it in front of you. “There will be no need to go through with the interview,” he says. You take the resume off the desk and look at the woman as though she has betrayed you. She shrugs her shoulders and shakes her head. “You never told me that your degree was in Early Childhood Development,” she begins. “Clearly, you’re not the one for the job.”
The only thing crazier than you walking in for the interview in the first place would be if they actually decided to hire you for the job, but of course no one in their right mind would do that. When an employer is looking to add someone to their team, they look at schooling or experience, they look at qualifications, and they look at references. If you are lacking in any of those areas, then you can be certain that you’re out of luck. Even if someone decides to take a chance on you because you seem to have potential, or maybe they were best friends with your dad in high school, you still have to have the ability to learn the skill set needed to accomplish whatever job it is that they are hiring you for. You may need a little bit of practice and experience, but the basic tools to do the job should be within your arsenal. Every head honcho needs to believe that you have what it takes to get the job done.
Well, almost every one. Of course there is that one Boss of all bosses and Leader of all leaders who most certainly marches to the beat of His own drum when it comes to finding laborers. Let’s take a look at a few of the resumes of the people who were chosen to work for Him.
Job Opening # 1: One mighty warrior wanted to deliver an oppressed people from the hands of their enemies.
Qualifications: Born of the weakest clan in Manasseh and the least important person in his family.
Status: HIRED, before he even applied!
Job Opening # 2: Needed, a future super soldier, King of Israel, and Great, Great, Great, etc… Grandfather to the Savior of the world.
Qualifications: Shepherd, youngest of 8 boys, novice musician and poet
Status: HIRED, before he even knew he was being considered for the position!
Job Opening # 3: Wanted, new queen of Persia and someone through which the Jewish people will be saved from annihilation.
Qualifications: Orphan girl being raised by her cousin Mordecai, a part of the Jewish exiles living in Persia, a beautiful woman
Status: HIRED, without even being asked if she wanted the job!
Job Opening # 4: One brave man wanted to approach the King of Egypt, perform miraculous acts, and set God’s people free.
Qualifications: Born to the Israelites who are enslaved by Egypt, found abandoned in a papyrus basket as a child, murderer, poor speaker
Status: HIRED, on all accounts, despite the fact that he didn’t even want the job!
Job Opening # 5: Someone needed to hide the Israelite spies from the King of Jericho and save an entire family from death when the mighty wall of Jericho collapses.
Qualifictions: Living in the land that God is going to destroy at the hand of the Israelites, prostitute
Status: HIRED, simply because she asked for the job!
Job Opening # 6: Wanted, a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ who will be wholeheartedly devoted, lay down everything to follow him, and ultimately die a martyr.
Qualifications: Fisherman, compulsive, unfaithful under pressure
Status: HIRED, just because he laid down his nets and obeyed the masters call!
Job Opening # 7: Wanted, an apostle of Jesus Christ to spread His gospel throughout the world, write up to 13 books of the New Testament, raise up more followers of Christ, and instruct new churches on how to function.
Qualifications: Belongs to a religious group called Pharisees who are opposed to Jesus and his gospel. Oversees and approves the murders of the followers of Christ.
Status: HIRED, just because God decided to reveal himself to him and change his heart!
The list could go on and on and on. Over and over again in the Bible, God called the weak, the broken, the unqualified, the hurting, the despised, the common, the sinner and the outcast in order to accomplish His purposes. He is in the same business today, and he is looking for people with those same qualifications. What qualifications is he looking for, exactly. Oh yes… NONE!
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” -1 Corinthians 1:27
All God is looking for is a willing vessel. Broken and useless to us, is moldable and usable to Him. He will use whatever vessel He can to accomplish His purposes and receive glory for Himself. So if God is calling you to do something that seems way too big for you, it probably is way too big for you. However, don’t think for one moment that God isn’t calling you to something simply because you don’t have the right qualifications. In fact, when it comes to God, if you are utterly and completely inadequate to accomplish the task, you better be listening for a call. If history teaches us anything, it’s that God loves to hire people for exactly the job that they seem to have no business doing. So let’s see that resume again. “Not the one for the job.” Okay, you’re hired!