Anyone who has ever held a job knows the feeling of reaching the ceiling.

It’s that moment when we understand that, to move beyond what we now have, either professionally or financially, we need to find something new.

For some, that could mean seeking and securing a promotion from your current employer. For others, it could mean finding a new job, perhaps at a new company or even in an entirely new industry or field. For still others, it could mean taking the leap into self-employment or entrepreneurship, building a new business from the ground up.

But before deciding where to go, we always need to ask ourselves some questions. And somewhere on the list should lie the brutally honest assessment of our skills and experience, which coalesce into a question that asks, “Yes, I’d love to do that. But am I qualified to take it on?”

For some pursuits, it’s an easy answer. Some may wish to fly with the astronaut corps, pitch in the Major Leagues, design and build skyscrapers, argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court or become the next tech billionaire. But such pursuits carry some pretty straightforward skill, expertise or knowledge requirements, immediately ruling many people out. Either you can do it or you can’t. 

So while the “real world” can have a way of dashing such dreams, in God’s Kingdom, we have good news.

In His Word, God tells us time and again our skills and abilities – or lack thereof – are no impediment to Him. If God has called us to do something, we need not worry about our qualifications; He asks us to only submit to His Will and His Way.

Consider King David. When God called Him to the throne, David was but a lowly shepherd, watching over his father’s sheep on the hills around Bethlehem. God took David and made him great, establishing his line of succession on the throne of Israel for all time.

Or consider the Apostle Peter. He was a fisherman, living in a backwater of the Roman Empire, when Jesus called him. Yet Peter became one of the founders and greatest leaders of the early Christian church, and was the man chosen by God to baptize the first non-Jewish Christians, setting the stage for God’s plan to come, to reconcile all people to Himself.

And the list goes on and on. Throughout the history of God’s people, we see our God take ordinary people, who the world saw as “unqualified” and raise them to great things, usually in spite of or even because of their shortcomings.

As Mike Serino, shared this past Sunday, God’s work of grace in our lives doesn’t end the day we give our lives to the Lord and confess Christ as our Lord and Savior. Rather, God’s grace extends to every facet of our lives, strengthening us, equipping us and enabling us for every work God to which God has called us.

And, as Mike shared, this realization should also transform the way we see ourselves and all around us: We are all human beings, created in the image and likeness of God; all of us are loved by Him, beyond understanding; and all of us have the potential, through the grace and work of God, to accomplish great things, in ministry and in service to our Lord and His people.

This week, be encouraged: God sees you differently than the world, and differently than you see yourself. Through Christ, you are qualified for all to which He has called you in the God First Life.