WHO WILL GO?
By George Card
There are some misconceptions among some Christian brethren. They seem to think that you need to go to seminary, a Bible college, be real smart, or have lots of knowledge in order to do the work of God.† The truth is that sometimes these things are hindrances instead of helps.† God is not seeking ability, but availability.
For you see your calling, brethren how, that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: (I Corinthians 1:26) Sometimes a wise and educated person becomes a Christian, but they seldom go into the field.† Somebody has to work in the field and since we are not about to get a truckload of PHDs, then it's obvious that the job is up to you and me.
It is a sad situation, that whenever there is a job opening in any company there is always plenty of applicants, except for Jesus Inc. Amazingly this company with the greatest employer in the world, and the best retirement benefits, has very few applicants.† Since most of the world's PHDs and MDs go elsewhere.† Here you can enter with little or no education.† Come and fill out an application, you might not be right for the position, but one never knows.
Yes I know that there are some Christian colleges that produce preachers. But it is sad that often it is those who are less spiritual qualified that end up in the theological universities. And to make matters even worse most of those theological schools are infected with humanistic ideas, textual criticism and many other human philosophies. Most of the preachers that come out from such theological schools are more like frenemies of Jesus than his representatives.
How does it happen that so many young people come out of those theological colleges with their faith destroyed? They have been heavily damaged by their curriculum and now they are mostly spreading doubt instead of faith. Instead of becoming great strong champions of faith, they are weaklings stumbling into the pulpits spouting human philosophies instead of the word of God. They are not fit to go into all the world and preach the gospel, because they not longer believe it is the power of God for salvation, most are barely able to hold a preaching position. Their college degree is just a decorative piece of paper, with no real spiritual meaning.
Do not worry about getting a diploma; that is just a piece of paper. Forget about preaching for a certain denomination. If you get spiritually prepared God himself will open the way for you, the apostles did not worry about such things as having a diploma, because they had the anointing of God. Out of all the apostles the only one with real academic credentials was Paul, and he was the Apostle to the gentiles. The only way to get prepared to go is to go into the Bible and study it with much prayer. You need to go with Christ and learn from him his word. Read and mediate on his word, believe his word and get it inside of you.
If a denomination or church wonít accept you, because you donít have a degree or didnít go to certain seminary or school, donít worry about it. Just go out there into the highways and byways and preach the gospel, let the streets be your pulpit. Forget about being a part of an organization or ministry God will help you create your own ministry.
I know there are many Christians that are ten times smarter or better than me, I donít know the reason God called me to preach his gospel, sometimes it feels like he just wanted to grab someone from the bottom of the barrel and that someone happened to be me. I am an outsider, I grew up outside of the church, I still havenít got all the mannerisms of a church raised person, I most likely donít even look like a preacher or preach like one, I probably havenít gotten all the churchianity rituals and customs just right yet. I barely qualify to become a Christian, much less a minister of the gospel. But God called me and I answered, I really don't know his reasons for calling me, when there are so many men far more capable and qualified than me.
God is calling some of you right now, will you answer him?† And if you hear the voice of the Lord, saying; who shall I send, and whom will go for us? Then say here am I send me (Isaiah 6:8) for if you are not willing to go, I assure you, that he will find someone else who will.