Learning From “Unqualified” Sources
For today’s lesson I have learned that I must tune in to what God is trying to teach me, even if the lesson is being taught by those the world may view as “unqualified.” Today, I reflect on both of my grandmothers. Though they did not attain high levels of education, the Lord used them to teach me some of the greatest lessons for success. I think about the story in Mark 6:1-6 where people in Jesus’ hometown after hearing him teach had this response:
Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (Mark 6 2-3)
The scripture goes on to tell us that Jesus was only able to do a few miracles because of the unbelief of the people. Even though Jesus was very much anointed, the people refused to receive from Him because they saw Him as being unqualified. It’s amazing how we can reject truth because of our low regard for the carrier of that truth. The world may be impressed with status, degrees, and money but it is not so with the Lord. He uses whomever He chooses. He can use the young to teach the old, the poor to teach the rich, the uneducated to teach the educated, and so on. I want to encourage you to take note of those God has placed in your life to teach you, don’t be dismissive because you may not see them as being qualified. Pray and ask the Lord for a posture of humility to receive truth, even if its from the most unlikely, unqualified source.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
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. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[h] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.