Does God Really Equip the Called?

It is common for preachers and laity alike to say, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called!”  Although we hear such things, this is not really the consensus. Most, I dare say, do not really believe this. Think about it, many churches will not even consider a person for a pastoral or staff position if one does not have the minimum of a master of divinity degree. Many would not take the time to read a theology book by someone who is not a seminary professor or have a doctorate degree. And many Christian organizations won’t consider persons with less than a master’s degree. Sadly, degrees neither prove a person is qualified, biblical, or filled with the Holy Spirit. Yet, a person can have the required biblical knowledge and filled with the Holy Spirit and His power, yet not possess a degree of any kind. Check out what the Scriptures say,

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. ~ Acts 4:13-14

Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. ~ Acts 6:3

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. ~ 1 Timothy 3:1-7

Take note in each of these passages. Where was the source of power and what were the requirements of the leaders? The source of power was from time with Jesus and the being filled with His Holy Spirit. And this was in the lives of some described as uneducated and common. Mind you, this doesn’t mean they were stupid, but a degree is not what made them effective. And when we look at actual biblical requirements, where does one see anything about education or degrees? 

One of the things that drives me crazy about the denomination I’m affiliated with is the leaders will say, “We’re a people of the Book!” Yet, they add human requirements for persons to be leaders, pastors, missionaries, etc., which often supersede the requirements of “the Book. (e.g., one needs a degree, fit a certain image, etc.).

So many people talk about wanting to be a “New Testament” church. Now, all one has to do is consider the believers in Corinth and Galatia to realize the early church had its share of problems. However, there is a lot lacking in the modern, sophisticated church. Today, where is the power, unction, boldness, and the plain evidence—“they had been with Jesus”?

I believe many people are passed over in churches and organizations—persons who are filled with the Holy Spirit, who’ve been with Jesus, and fulfill the biblical requirements—because they have not earned a degree. They love God, love people, have a good reputation, and are capable teachers of the things of God, but they don’t possess a degree.

Think about this, most of the great persons of God in the Scriptures, the prophets, and the apostles would not be church leaders or pastors in today’s churches, despite their caliber. Ironically, many today have the degrees and “experience” but not the caliber. Will the church today truly get back to the place it needs to be: being immersed in prayer, the Scriptures, and being filled with the Spirit of God?

One thought on “Does God Really Equip the Called?

  1. Very Well Put Geno, & You Have Even Lived Through This Experiencing All The Heart Aches That Comes From This, But You Have Survived, And Using Your Voice As An Author❣️
    Well Said, Son, Keep Up the Good Work ‼️


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