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What Qualifies You for the Kingdom?

I remember as a teen talking with others about how great it would be if A-list celebrities would come to Christ, not for the salvation of these individuals’ souls, but for the influence they wield over popular culture.

Fact is, it has happened to some degree and it doesn’t amount to earth shattering changes in society. Some of these actually make pretty lousy disciples for a multitude of reasons, not least of which being how important they feel they are (and even Christians are willing to tell them as much too).

Influence in the world does not translate to influence in God’s Kingdom just as the reverse is true. You may not be an A-lister, but you may have felt at some point that God was lucky blessed to have you on His team. Your strengths are what push His movement forward.

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How easily we become full of ourselves. We think our strengths are kingdom assets, and God often views them as kingdom liabilities. Why? Because we tend to depend on our strengths, without even realizing it, instead of on the Holy Spirit. –Bob Sorge, the Fire of Delayed Answers

The very thing that you feel is a disqualification is what God uses to qualify you for Kingdom life. “Weak” is not one of those bad four-letter words. It’s a recognition of truth.

You cannot push the Kingdom forward with your strength. It will hinder you and possibly what God wants to do at a given time. The gift of the Holy Spirit poured out to us is not a backup plan, He is the key to living in God’s grace, life, goodness, and fellowship.

Pride tells you that you’re too valuable to be sidelined so you have to figure a way out of your mess instead of waiting on God. It tells you your strengths are what everyone needs.

God doesn’t need your strength, but He wants your heart.

He doesn’t discount our strengths and He will use them, but out of alignment with His word and purpose, they can end up destroying us. Strengths submitted and yielded to the Holy Spirit are useful because you can see that without Him, you are unable to do anything of eternal significance.

What do you think? How have you submitted your strength to God? Do you struggle with that?


fda-sorge3Welcome to week 2 of Chapter 14 for our book club discussion of the Fire of Delayed Answers (disclosure) by Bob Sorge. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Since the chapters are longer and subject matter warrants, we’ll also be taking 2 weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

6 Comments

  1. I love the line we sing as children, “I am weak but you are strong!” Somewhere along the way we forget that simple truth and begin to think that we are indeed strong and able to do exceedingly great things. The truth of the matter is we are not. Only God can do exceedingly great things, and He wants to do them through us. But He does not need our strength, He wants our heart.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Not Here to EntertainMy Profile

    • Yes! He pursues us, not for our strength but for love. How can we add strength to One who has all strength? Not possible. Sure, we can do some things, but the impossible? No, we can’t. But He can. Thank you, Dusty.

  2. I can’t carry the weight of my *own* world on my shoulders, and never want to get the order wrong again -- I’m grateful God picked me as part of the family, part of the team, but it is at His pleasure I serve, and for His glory. Funny, though, how while I’m in the midst of doing or serving I’m not thinking of that at all. Pride has no place in serving, and when we seek to be seen, we aren’t pointing at Him, but at ourselves.

    Just do the work you’ve been given to do, and be grateful.
    Rick Dawson recently posted..Open LetterMy Profile

    • True. It can mean finding delayed honor, but most certainly God will honor His servants. “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter now into my joy…” That’s what we want to hear. Honor from those around us is good and proper, but if that’s all we seek, that’s the only reward we can expect. Thanks Rick.

  3. The past 3-4 years have been about me eating humble pie.
    I hadn’t realized how big my head was!

    When I first decided I’d pursue getting a book published, I really thought it wouldn’t take much time (boy was I wrong). Things had come so easily in every other area of my life. If I applied my mind to it, I could do it.

    WRONG.

    Through the process of publishing I’ve learned that my writing has NOTHING do with me. It’s all about God. His words. His timing. His plan.

    I’m really glad I wasn’t published in a few months or even years. What I’ve learned about myself through God’s eyes is worth the humility I’ve endured. I needed it. I praise God for it.

    He is worthy. I’m not.

    • Learning through the process. It may not feel great, but it’s a beautiful thing and any time we may have thought we lost, He is the Redeemer of all of it. Amen! Thank you, TC.

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