Every reason why God would not want you
BUSINESS MATTERS (BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE) - Francis J. Kong (The Philippine Star) - October 10, 2020 - 12:00am

There are many reasons why God would not want you. Maybe you are not qualified. You do not have a Divinity Degree from a well-known Theological Seminary. You are from the laity. Maybe you think that only those with a clerical collar can do all the serving while we all do the watching?

Oh, I don’t know but what I really understand is that vibrant Christianity is not a spectator’s sports. You and I should take an active part in it. Especially at these times of intense need. I remember reading an article wherein the government is even asking the help of the church to minister to people who are suffering from both physical and mental health issues. Maybe you would like to use your talents for the Lord and you feel that you don’t have it, that’s okay. We all feel like we are inadequate, don’t we? But you do not have to worry because if you look at history, you and I are in good company.

An old article I have kept all these years talk about this, consider the following:
Moses stuttered.

David’s armor didn’t fit.

John Mark was rejected by Paul.

Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.

Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.

Jacob was a liar.

David had an affair.

Solomon was too rich.

Abraham was too old.

David was too young.

Timothy had ulcers.

Peter was afraid of death.

Lazarus was dead.

John was self-righteous.

Jesus was too poor.

Naomi was a widow.

Paul was a murderer. So was Moses.

Jonah ran from God.

Miriam was a gossip.

Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.

Elijah was burned out.

John the Baptist was a loudmouth.

Martha was a worry-wart.

Mary was not working too much.

Samson had long hair.

Noah got drunk.

Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?

So did Peter, Paul – well, lots of folks did.

Isn’t it encouraging? Not because the people God used were defective but because I am and He can use me as he can use you too.

So, what is your weakness then? - Have you ever taken a “StrengthsFinder Test?” And has it disappointed you? What about your Myers-Briggs or just your plain old simple 4 Personality Test that determines whether you are a lion, a bear, a chicken or a turkey? Who knows?

But I have news for you. God does not need our strength and ability in order to serve Him. What He wants from us is our availability and willingness. To serve Him not because we want to earn points so He can love us more but to serve Him because this is an overflow of our love for Him. And in doing so… well… don’t be technical and legalistic with me because I am not a theologian, just your plain old typical business person. Maybe because when we serve Him with a heart of love for Him, this may be called “Worship!”

And then the article concluded by saying:

But God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Father than our Boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss.

He’s not prejudiced or partial, not sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our needs.

This is the time when the world needs to see our love. Our love for God and our love for each other and our love for others. And when the world sees the love we have for Him and for others, they will see The Bible portrayed in the New Living Translation. Love. Serve. Worship. That’s what we have been called to do. And then a miracle happens – we find joy and meaning to our existence and yes – even in this Pandemic situation. More so I would say.

(Connect with Francis Kong at www.facebook.com/franciskong2. Or listen to “Business Matters” Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. over 98.7 dzFE-FM ‘The Master’s Touch,’, the classical music station.)

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