Does God Equip the Underqualified? (Y1.T1.D58)
Updated: Apr 26, 2022
This is not the first, nor last time I will reference The Chosen—a television show about the life of Jesus and his disciples. I first started watching early in Season 1. As a writer, I was impressed with the creativity necessary to take historical events and weave authentic backstories around them.
I quickly became a fan and supporter of the show. When Season 1 ended, I searched the app for any other content that could entertain as well as inspire me. That's when I came across the testimony of Dallas Jenkins—writer, creator, and director of the show.
He shared how after a career failure, his wife encouraged him. They were studying the passages we will read today about the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 and she said, "God does impossible math." He then shared how a Facebook friend— Alex Kendrick—messaged him to "Remember, it's not YOUR job to feed the 5,000. Your job is bring your bread and fish."
I watched this video at the end of 2019, and I encourage you to watch an updated version available on YouTube.
Like Dallas, I'd suffered a majority of setbacks—from nearly dying from urosepsis due to a kidney stone to my husband filing for divorce. With my personal life crumbling, I focused on blending Bible verses while reminding God, "I'm not qualified to recompile your words."
God's loving response was "I know. Your job isn't to be qualified—your job is to bring what you have."
The message the Holy Spirit sent to encourage Dallas inspired me. With less worry about the outcome, I focused on making a decade of recompilations and ideas presentable to the world.
And because God does do impossible math, I know he has multiplied those words into the hearts of other fans of the chosen. And the Creator wants it to inspire you as well.
I don't know what the Almighty has called you to do. I don't know if the task you're assigned seems insurmountable. But I do know you don't have to deliver it alone—he wants to break and bless the small portion given to you and multiply it.
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13a Now when Jesus heard this (Matthew 14:13a)
31 He said to them, “You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. (Mark 6:31)
2b because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick. (John 6:2b)
33b They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33b)
3 Jesus went up into the mountain, and he sat there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. (John 6:3–4)
5 Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. (John 6:5–6)
38a He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go see.” (Mark 6:38a)
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, (John 6:8)
13c unless we should go and buy food for all these people.” (Luke 9:13c)
18 He said, “Bring them here to me.” (Matthew 14:18)
12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost.” (John 6:12)
I know I didn’t choose You, but You chose me and appointed me, that I should go and bear fruit, and that fruit would last (John 15:16). I'm humbled by this. I know it didn't happen because I was wise or mighty or noble, but You chose this foolish, weak, and lowly being. Because of You, I am in Christ Jesus, who was made to me wisdom from God, righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:26–30) so that when I boast, I boast in You alone (Jeremiah 9:24).
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