Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me.”- Isaiah 6:8
“Do the best you can with what you have where you are.”- Mark Batterson
As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 11 of All In, he stresses that “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” And the litmus test is availability and teachability, not experience or expertise. Pastor Batterson finds it ironic that we exert so much effort trying to figure out where God wants us to go when all we need to do is start with a little three-word prayer: “Here am I.”
It’s God’s job, the author adds, to get us where He wants us to go. Our job is o make ourselves available and ready to respond. Pastor Batterson believes Shamgar might have been the least qualified person to deliver Israel. His name is Hurrian in origin. He could have rationalized inaction in any number of ways- I’m only one man, I don’t have the right weapon, etc. As Pastor Batterson concludes, excuses and solutions are polar opposites”
“When it comes to making excuses, we are infinitely creative. What if we channeled that creativity into finding solutions instead of excuses.”
We can’t sit back when God stirs our spirit or breaks our hearts. We need to say: “Here am I.”
Today’s question: What is your response to Pastor Batterson’s statement that God doesn’t call the qualified, but qualifies the called? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: Enough is enough!”