Imagine preparing for a big celebration in the middle of town. All the people have gathered in their finest clothes to see the magnificent king parading through town. They have heard of the wonders and miracles he has been doing throughout the region. You wait in anticipation, and to your surprise, this grand king comes riding in on a donkey.
Jesus riding through Jerusalem on a donkey has always baffled me. A king deserved a magnificent white horse, right?
It really never occurred to me how the donkey applied to my life until I came across a meme on social media one morning. (We are in the 21st century now.)
This social media post pictured two donkeys walking through Jerusalem together when one said:
“Just yesterday, I was here carrying Jesus, and the people were singing and shouting and throwing down their clothes for me to walk on. Today, they don’t even recognize me.”
His friend would reply, “That’s because you are nothing without Jesus.”
In that moment, I realized that I am that donkey.
In my short time being involved in this ministry, I have learned one thing – I am nobody.
Now before the “love yourself” crowd comes after me on social media, I am not saying that I do not love the person God has created me to be, by any means. In fact, the Lord has really been teaching me self-love throughout my spiritual journey.
On the other hand, God has also begun to teach me that without Him, I am nobody, which is actually a beautiful thing.
God has always had a calling on my life to write for His glory, but I have never quite felt I would be qualified enough. When Unveiling Eden came along this year, I was in denial for some time that I would be involved any more than just contributing a blog every so often. However, God had other plans, and I am now all in for this ministry.
During that denial process, I kept telling God that I am not qualified. I have never been in ministry in the past, and I have no credentials to earn other’s trust. Should I have gone to Bible college years ago? You have to have a degree and formal education to be qualified in an area, right?
God told me “You do not need credentials of this world. You just need the Holy Spirit, and the willingness to be a vessel.”
Moses was not the best speaker, yet God used him to mediate God’s command to Pharaoh and to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Exodus 4:11(ESV) reads, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak’.”
The fact of the matter is, none of us are qualified.
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands;no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good; not even one.” Romans 3:10-12 (ESV)
Yes, on my own, I am not qualified. I am a nobody who needs somebody (Jesus) to fill me with love and His Holy Spirit.
While there is nothing wrong with getting a formal education in Theology or receiving training in ministry, the Holy Spirit is the best teacher. God calls us all to share His message whether it is behind a pulpit, through a blog, or just at work.
If Jesus can use a donkey of all animals, God can use you too, regardless of your background, qualifications, or even your age. You do not have to be a matured white horse to be used by the King.
If you are nobody, there is somebody waiting for you to embrace Him and share His love with others.
“It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NLT)