The difference between Calling and Capability

follow jesus twitterOften people talk about what God is calling them to do and I guess the phrase comes from the time when Jesus called his first disciples to ‘come and follow him’.

Churches often look to appoint people to positions of responsibility and when we do this, we tend to look for people who are capable of accomplishing what needs to be done.

When Jesus called his first disciples, he called 12 people who certainly were not capable of leading his church. Even at the end of the three years that he spent with them here on the Earth they were still not consistently capable leaders.

The early church was an exciting place to be, but it was far from perfect. The leaders who Jesus had called and trained did their best but they just weren’t capable of leading the church without Jesus.

Jesus’ final command before returning to heaven was for his disciples to take the gospel to the whole world, but instead they stayed in Jerusalem. In other words, they disobeyed Jesus’ final command to them! They weren’t even capable of doing the one thing that Jesus had stressed that they really needed to do next.

These first disciples weren’t always capable, but they were called and I think that the same is true of many of us.

Many of us can feel discouraged because we don’t feel capable of living effectively as a disciple of Jesus. If you do feel that way, remember that Jesus chose to Call people even though they weren’t Capable.

If we have elevated capability to a place of greater importance than calling then we need to seek God’s forgiveness and change our way of thinking.

If we are called but we don’t feel capable, then we are in a strong position because we can turn to God whose ‘power is made perfect in weakness’.

So, let’s look to and be led by Jesus who calls us to join him in what he is doing.


About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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