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"Calling the Unqualified"

(I Corinthians 1:26 - 31)

"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

There are many excuses given by God's people as to why they cannot serve God. Among these excuses, the feeling of being unworthy is prevalent. Many believers do not feel qualified to be enlisted in God's service. Some believers feel unworthy to serve God because of mistakes they have made in the past. Other Christians allow personal flaws and weaknesses to keep them out of the Lord's work.

The Bible has some words of hope and encouragement for those who feel unqualified. The qualifications of the world and the qualifications of the Word are by no means the same. Jesus Christ can take the nobody and make them somebody. He has the ability to make every believer fully equipped for His glory.

"For ye see your calling, brethren..."

*The Lord does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called!

I. The ATTRIBUTES God Does Not DEMAND!

A. Proficiency is Not Required.

"not many wise men after the flesh..."

(I Corinthians 1:26)

*God does not require a Master's from Yale or a Ph.D. from Harvard! Wisdom after the flesh is not a prerequisite for service. The Scriptures do not teach that a wise man cannot be used of God. The simple truth is that worldly wisdom is NOT one of His qualifications.

-Bible Example: Peter (Acts 4:13)

B. Power is Not Required.

"not many mighty..."

(I Corinthians 1:26)

*Physical strength and power are not necessary in the service of God. The Lord is not searching for Power, Possessions, or Prestige!

"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."

(Zechariah 4:6)

-Bible Example: David (I Samuel 16:12)

C. Pedigree is Not Required.

"not many noble, are called:"

(I Corinthians 1:26)

*Nobility is certainly not one of God's requirements. A natural birth into royalty does not impress the Lord. He is not looking for those who are given a name by society. As a matter of fact, God seems to prefer those whose names the world does not know.

-Bible Example: Gideon (Judges 6:15)

II. The ATTRACTIONS God Does DELIGHT In!

A. God Uses the Foolish Ones!

(I Corinthians 1:27)

*D. L. Moody was an American evangelist who founded the Moody Church and Moody Bible Institute. Historians say that he was instrumental in the conversion of thousands of souls. Many people are not aware that Bro. Moody only had a fifth grade education. He was known to often butcher the English language. Yet God took him and used him to shake two continents for His glory!

B. God Uses the Frail Ones!

(I Corinthians 1:27)

*Fanny Crosby was blind due to a tragic incident in her early childhood. She could have allowed her disability to ruin her life. Instead she submitted her life to God. The Lord used her to write over 8,000 hymns in her lifetime. Many of her songs are still a blessing to the Churches that will sing them today!

C. God Uses the Feeble Ones!

(I Corinthians 1:28)

"God must love the common people, because He made so many of them."

-Abraham Lincoln

"David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly."

D. God Uses the Forsaken Ones!

"and things which are despised, hath God chosen"

(I Corinthians 1:28)

*Despised = "that which is contemptible, least esteemed, and set at nought"

*God loves to use those who are treated with contempt and scorn. The world says that they will never amount to anything. They are looked down upon and written off as if they are nobody. They are made to feel worthless. The Lord specializes in using these forsaken ones.

E. God Uses the Forgotten Ones!

"yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are"

(I Corinthians 1:28)

*Many of those who have been forgotten by society have been mightily used of God. They may not be Recognized, Respected, or even Remembered, but God does not forget the forgotten!

III. The ADORATION God Does DESERVE!

A. The Rejection of Pride.

"That no flesh should glory in his presence."

(I Corinthians 1:29)

*When we realize that we are nothing, then God becomes everything to us! There is no reason for our pride. God does not use us because of our Intellect, Influence, or Inheritance. No credit should be attributed to man.

B. The Reality of Praise.

"He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

(I Corinthians 1:31)

*God has a reason for calling the unqualified. When He does His work through unworthy people, others realize it is of God. The Lord alone gets all the glory!

"Lord, may I be: Foolish enough to depend on Thee for wisdom, Weak enough to be empowered by Thy strength, Base enough to have no honor but Thy honor, Despised enough to be kept in the dust at Thy feet, and Nothing enough for God to be everything." (Anonymous)

*When I think of how God has used me in His work, I must cry, "To God be all the Glory!"

Evangelist Jeremiah Dixon

Knoxville, Tn