Don’t Disqualify Yourself
Don’t Ever Disqualify Yourself
When God eventually reveals your assignment, your credentials or your potential to you, you may think that you don’t have the qualifications and you might want to disqualify yourself for the assignment. Gideon did not believe that he had the qualifications when God rolled out his credentials. He did not believe he had such qualities. He doubted that God would deliver His people. When God told him that he would be used to free Israel from the oppression of the Midianites, he did not believe. He doubted that God would use someone like him so he demanded for a sign reassuring him that it was indeed the Lord that was speaking to him (Judges 6:11-29).
Moses was also very reluctant to obey the commands of God when He appeared to him at Mount Horeb. He thought that because he was a stammerer, he did not have what it took to fulfil the assignment. He felt that Aaron, his brother who was more eloquent would have been a better fit for the job. Moreover, he was still scared of king Pharaoh and could not believe that he would have to go and face the same king he ran away from. He was also not sure that his people who had earlier rejected him would embrace him or believe that God had sent him. Nevertheless, God who is his Creator knows him inside out and believed he had all it took to lead His people, Israel, from Egypt to the promised land (Exodus chapters 3 and 4).
Isaiah, a renowned prophet also believed that he was a man of unclean lips, yet God used him mightily. He foretold the conception of Jesus Christ by a virgin, the birth of the Saviour of the world. “A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). In Luke 2, we saw the exact fulfilment of this prophecy. He foretold the seven manifestations of the Spirit of God upon Jesus; “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord,” (Isaiah 11:2-4).
He also prophesied that Jesus would “preach good tidings to the meek” and would “bind up the brokenhearted,” and “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isaiah 61:1). He foretold the price that Jesus will pay on the cross and the implication of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
The bottom line is that, no matter how dirty you are, God can cleanse you and use you. It doesn’t really matter if you have a defect like Moses who was a murderer and a stammerer, God can use you as you are. Your background does not really matter, you might think that you are the least in your clan like Gideon, yet God is still interested in you, so don’t disqualify yourself.
Atimes, many may believe that you don’t have the qualifications for the assignment that God has for you. However, make sure you don’t disqualify yourself. When God reveals His plans and purpose for your life you may think that once you share the vision with others they will instantly believe you, but it does not automatically happen that way. When other Apostles saw Paul the Apostle, they were afraid of him. They thought that he was still Saul the persecutor (Acts 9:26). When Joseph heard that Mary, his wife, who was a virgin claimed that she heard a pregnancy through the power of the Holy Ghost, his first reaction was to run away. He actually planned to divorce her secretly (Matthew 1:19). If not for God’s intervention who later confirmed to Joseph that truly, Mary’s pregnancy was from the Holy Spirit, he would not have believed his wife.
Abraham had a strong covenant with God. God promised him that he will become a father of many nations and through him, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. However, at a point in time, Sarah thought that the promise of God to Abraham was no longer feasible considering her old age, so she suggested Hagar, her Egyptian servant to Abraham, and Ishmael was born (Genesis 16:1-4) .
The religious people may not believe you, especially if your credentials or resume does not reflect who you claimed you are. However, no one can disqualify whom God has qualified. The Sadducees and the Pharisees, did not believe in Jesus Christ. Many thought he was an ordinary son of a carpenter. Some believed that nothing good could come out of Nazareth. Those who crucified Jesus were the religious people, so don’t even think that your church members will easily accept or believe you. Even your close associates may misunderstand your true identity. No matter the level of rejection by people, just believe in what God says about you and hold on to it. Don’t even lean on your own understanding but acknowledge him in all your ways. Sooner or later, the stone that the builder rejected will become the cornerstone (Matthew 21:42). So, don’t disqualify yourself.
The disciples of Jesus did not fully understand his purpose here on earth despite the fact that he had been with them for several years. All the miracles he performed did not convince them about His real assignment. When Jesus asked about who they thought He was, it was only Peter who could answer affirmatively that He is the son of God. Even the same Peter later rebuked Jesus, when He told them that he will be crucified. However, Jesus rebuked Satan who spoke through Peter and He told Peter that he did not understand his assignment. It was after Jesus’ death and resurrection that the Apostles later fully understood many things Jesus told them (Matthew 16: 13-23).
So atimes, your vision may look impossible and unbelievable but don’t be discouraged. At the appointed time, the vision will speak and not lie if you can patiently wait for it (Habakkuk 2:3). If you are not yet born again, the first step to self discovery is for you to give your life to Jesu Christ. An encounter with Jesus is the beginning of the journey to self discovery.
God, please show me my true identity. I know that many times, I don’t fully understand your plans and purpose for my life. I have underrated myself at times and feel that I don’t have the qualifications for the assignment that you have for me. Father, please open my eyes of understanding and let me fully know your thoughts towards me. I know that eyes have not seen, ears have not heard and it has not entered into the heart of men, the things you have prepared for me. Lord, please reveal your plans for my life by your Spirit. I know that the Spirit searches all things. The Spirit searches the deep things of God, so Father please reveal those deep things about my life to me. I pray that I will no longer disqualify myself for your assignment for my life. In Jesus’ name I have prayed (amen!)
If you have not given your life to Jesus and you want to do so, say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank you for saving me by dying on the cross for me. I acknowledge that I am a sinner because all have sinned and come short of your glory. I believe that your blood has the power to cleanse me from my sins. Today, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. I repent of my sins and as from now on I will no longer be a slave to sin. Instead, I embrace your righteousness,. and I will begin to walk in the consciousness of the new light that I have found in you. In Jesus’ name I have prayed (amen!). If you have just said this prayer, please send an email to: [email protected]
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