DIY: God Qualifies the Called

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But Moses replied in the LORD’s presence, “Since I am such a poor speaker, how will Pharaoh listen to me?” — Exodus 6:30 HCSB

It used to be that if you had a problem with your toilet, you would call a plumber. If you had some faulty lighting, an electrician was the person to call. Whatever your need may have been, the logical thing to do was to get in touch with an expert in that area. Most folks would never have considered shingling their own roofs or remodeling their own kitchens. There are professionals for that sort of thing.

Then the DIY movement took over. People began to realize that, with just a little guidance, they could do just about anything. Instead of reaching for the phone, a person can simply watch a how-to video and do it herself. A little confidence and the proper tools are all that is necessary.

Sometimes God calls people to do things that they may think would be better left to the professionals. The Bible, however, is full of DIYers. Moses didn’t consider himself qualified to speak to Pharaoh, but he did. Even Paul admitted that he wasn’t the most eloquent speaker, yet he preached the gospel everywhere he went. Gideon didn’t feel like a warrior, but God called him to be one.

Scripture is full of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things with just a little courage and the willingness to obey. It wasn’t a seasoned mother, but a virgin girl chosen to raise the Son of God. It wasn’t theologians but fishermen whom Christ called to follow Him.

Don’t wait until you feel qualified to do what God is calling you to do. If He wanted a “professional,” He would have chosen one! A willing and teachable DIYer can do more for God than someone who thinks they already know everything.

I don’t have to know everything, Lord. I just need to know and trust You. I offer my talents and my life to You to be used as You see fit.

Excerpted with permission from Devotions from the Front Porch by Stacy Edwards, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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