Job Description not even for the job you want but what you think is the most basic option:
- At least 3 years of prior field experience
- Skilled in A, B, C
- Has already accomplished X, Y, Z by age 18
- Maintained a 5.0 all through college
- Must be a volunteer for the homeless and dogs
- Has been to the White House AND had tea with the Queen of England
While this Job Description is clearly fabricated, after hours of searching for jobs to apply for, this is what I end up feeling like I have read. At twenty years old, with college graduation rapidly approaching in the next 6 months, it is all too easy to panic.
I feel unqualified. And maybe that is a feeling you are familiar with too.
Sometimes the “job description” of the Christian feels a little something like this:
- Must do devotions every day for at least 30 minutes
- Must serve every Sunday at the local church
- At least two missions trips to foreign countries
- Paragraphs about Jesus under every Instagram post or it doesn’t count
- If you don’t have a prayer journal, don’t even bother applying
Can you relate? It is so easy to get down on ourselves for our failures and shortcomings. Comparison feels natural because the opportunities for it never cease.
If we are so imperfect and under qualified, how will the Lord use us?
In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul is writing to the Church in Corinth about unity in the body and the authority of Christ above all. As a church, they were struggling with division, specifically surrounding the qualifications of a church member. Their “job description” so to speak was pharisaical, focusing more on law and accomplishments than a relationship with the risen Lord.
Paul rebuked this behavior, reminding them that while they think that they are wise, powerful, and wealthy, in the eyes of the world, these earthly accomplishments have no eternal significance.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God… Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-29, 31 (NLT)
The Lord uses the unqualified to bring glory to His name. You might not have the most Scripture knowledge, but God will still use you to speak truth into other people’s lives. You might feel weak and too scared to share the Gospel, but the Lord will fill you with his power. You might feel like you do not have enough resources or that your socioeconomic status discounts what you are able to do for the Kingdom, but God will use your generosity (Mark 12:41-44).
“God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important (v. 28).”
It is reassuring to read that God uses the least expected things to bring glory to His name. All we have to bring is a willing spirit as a humble offering.
“Yes, you may feel unqualified, uneducated, untrained, under-gifted, or even unworthy. Yet…those are excellent qualifications for God to do a mighty work.” -Charles. R. Swindoll
Praise the Lord that the “Christian Job Description” looks more like this:
- Broken but willing to be healed
- Humble, in need of a Savior
- Willing to surrender your life to His greater plan and purpose
- A desire to glorify God with everything in you
- Benefits included:
- Eternal life
- The guidance of an all powerful God
- A peace that surpasses all understanding
- The love of a perfect Heavenly Father
- Identify as a Child of God