2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Many of us already know that no one can work to gain Salvation; that Salvation is by God’s grace through our faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, did you know that our calling/ministry is also not a result of our works? In other words, God does not put us to work in His Kingdom on earth based on our accomplishments.
In Jesus’ time most Jewish boys started their education studying to become rabbis (religious scholar teachers). But only those with best grades were selected to continue their studies. Those who didn’t make the grade were sent home to learn the family trade. Therefore, ALL of Jesus’ disciples would have been considered to have just average/mediocre intellect. Yet, Jesus called them to join Him and become the foundation of the church.
Also, when the Israelites were about to enter Canaan, Rahab responded in faith and hid the spies as she recognized that God had given them her homeland (Joshua 2). And though she had been a prostitute, God chose her to be Jesus’ great-great-…grandmother.
None of us earn the right to be used by God in any way. God chooses the job He wants us to do based solely on the plan he ordained for us BEFORE we were born (Ephesians 2:10), not on any humanly obtained qualifications.
So whether we are scholars or simpletons, whether our past is pious or prurient, whether our personalities are dazzling or dour, whether our accomplishments are plentiful or paltry, God has His special pre-designed purpose for every one of us.