I recently read a statement that gave me pause for reflection. The statement was: “God does not choose those who are qualified, He qualifies those He chooses.”
When I think about the relationship between our system of education and the pressure contemporary culture brings to bear on the goals of that educational system, some issues about what is truly important arise. First of all, what do we really understand by the term “qualified?” I suppose it is most often understood to mean competent, trained, knowledgeable, or educated. To best meet our own needs we would choose a “qualified” individual: a doctor, mechanic, plumber, teacher, lawyer, TV repairman, engineer, politician, etc., etc. In each area of need we would try to avoid the unqualified because our needs might not be well met or maybe thwarted entirely.
In the realm of man’s relationship with God why would God not necessarily choose the most “qualified?” It would seem that the saints, popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, monks, mystics, deacons, theologians, and religious are among the most qualified of spiritual individuals. Yet, can it be true that God does not choose them? Or could it be that such individuals are not chosen because of their qualifications but because of some other reason? Perhaps before they became so qualified they were drawn (chosen) by God. That would substantiateGod’s qualifying the chosen.
The point of reflection most valuable here is that we do not qualify ourselves to be chosen by God. All my education, training, study, reading, writing, and praying is not the cause but rather the effect of being drawn and chosen by God. The process of my qualifying is ongoing. It is the work of God, not me.