What does it take to be used by God? Many people struggle with feelings of uncertainty and worthlessness and wonder if God could ever use them for His kingdom work. God is in the business of using those who understand their deep need for Him to do great things for His fame in the world. This is the thesis behind Steven Furtick’s new book (Un)qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things.
(Un)qualified is a story that begins with Furtick hearing a famous evangelical pastor in an interview referring to him as someone who was unqualified to do ministry. These are words that can bring much hurt and pain, but Furtick’s response was to agree with this pastor because biblically, we are called to be people who follow God through surrender to His work in and through us.
Furtick’s book speaks to the feelings of brokenness and insecurity that everyone feels. He does an effective job of connecting with the struggles that many face and giving biblical wisdom on how God truly sees us. It is in finding our identity first and foremost in Jesus that we can discover who we are and how God can use us.
The book then points to Jesus’ sufficiency in our weakness. Through the biblical narratives of Paul and Jacob, Furtick points to the importance of a humble reliance on Jesus to be our sufficiency and to lead us to be people who can serve Him and His kingdom. The reality is that Jesus’ work through us is how we can truly serve God and minister to others.
(Un)qualified is a very helpful book on a topic that we need to constantly remind ourselves about. We are not sufficient; Jesus is the only One who is sufficient. We are not good enough; Jesus is the One who is good in us and through us. These are great gospel truths that all Christians need to cling to as they seek to follow Jesus and live the Christian life!