In my “worldly” life, I have been in corporate leadership for over 15 years.
One of the things I have seen, learned, and experienced as a manager of people and projects is that there is a very clear delineation between willingness and qualification.
I, personally, do not hold a single degree, in any specialty that would “qualify” me to be in a position of leadership. Yet, my willingness to work hard, humble myself enough to be teachable, and my commitment to demonstrating the best of what I do have to offer, have lifted me high above where qualification could have ever taken me.
I don’t glean pride from this but, peace.
Jesus was the son of a virgin whose integrity was questioned. Raised by a stepfather who would never compare to the One who brought him into this world. He was a carpenter by trade. Not a theologian, not celebrated royalty, not a Pharisee or Sadducee: not an obvious choice for the Savior of the world and King of Kings.
Announced by fishermen, whores and degenerates wherever he went, he didn’t care who people thought He might be; rather, focused on what He was to those who needed him most.
He was a rebel, a seeker, a challenger of the status quo. He was a gift. A healer. The epitome of forgiveness.
And yet, what qualified him for this role…this ministry?
Who proclaimed that he could forgive the sins of the adulterous women, heal the festering wounds of the leper and raise the dead?
What qualified Him to do what he did?
Theologically, we know that He was qualified because he was God incarnate. The Holy One made flesh, perfected in his earthly struggle, death, and resurrection.
I don’t know about you, but that intimidates the hell out of me.
If preordained incarnation and transfiguration are what qualified Jesus to be the Son of God and the recompense for a sinful world, then how can I EVER expect to be qualified enough to utter a single word regarding his grace, mercy or love? Ever?
The answer is this…He was willing.
Isaiah 61:1 says this…
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”
There is nothing in this verse to indicate “how” the prophecy of God was to be fulfilled in Jesus: just that it was.
I don’t know about you, but I have been poor. I have been brokenhearted. I have been a captive and a prisoner.
Here is what I know about Jesus and his affect on those aspects of my life. I never, once, felt the need to ask for his qualifications. Not once. The fact that He was willing when so many others weren’t was more than enough for me.
I wouldn’t waste a single breath caring about His degree, or ordination or qualifications to heal my brokenness, or forgive my sinfulness or secure my freedom, when it was crystal clear to me that He was my greatest advocate I could ever have and was willing to stand before the Creator of the world and simply state…”She is worth it.”
I spend quite of bit of time listening to the teachings and insight of those wiser than me.
Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, CA shared, during one of his sermons, that “sometimes when you are willing to do what you are not qualified to do, this is what actually qualifies you.” (Pastor Bill…I pray you forgive me for the paraphrase.)
Here is what I want you to know…
I am not qualified to write this blog. I hold no degree. I willingly and purposefully spent a decade wandering from God. I have no public ministry: no formal authority.
What I do have is a calling: a persistent whisper that says “It’s time. You have a story to tell.”
And I…well, I am willing. And for now, I will trust that since Jesus has asked me to be just that…then, just, that will be good enough.