“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV
As I was reading this verse, I was reminded of five people who have amazed me on this trip. Five people who stepped up in a moment that a need was present. People who did something that they could have walked away from because they simply did not feel qualified or worthy to meet the need.
Many times, the Lord calls us to say something, do something, go somewhere or meet a need that we are not “qualified” to meet. We think that there must be someone else who can meet that need more efficiently, more eloquently and with more finesse. I find myself thinking, “Surely the Lord does not want me to do this and there is someone better.”
The truth is, we are not qualified on our own. As this verse tells us, on our own we are isolated, weak, and undeserving. However, the beautiful thing is that through Christ’s love and His death, we ARE qualified.
This should completely change the way we see the needs around us. Yes, there may be someone more experienced in an area or in a mission the Lord is calling you, but the Lord has called YOU and QUALIFIED you. You can have confidence in Him to step out in faith and obedience.
There have been many people who have lived out this command beautifully during our trip.
The first, a Katyazo student and former choir member named Abias. At one point, members of our team were working with the young students at Mbarara and having some difficulty effectively communicating with these students. Abias saw a need and instead of going to get a teacher to help the team, she stepped up and met the need by interpreting for our team.
On the other side of the Mbarara campus, a few of the men on our team were working hard to put together shelves for the new school library. A few male teachers started trickling in to help. It was not a small job and they saw there was a need for more working hands. They had little experience in building, but they stepped up and were willing to learn.
The next morning, we went to Pastor Emmy’s church in Mbarara. A Dentist on our trip, Ben Bunt felt the Lord wanted him to give a message and challenge to the congregation. He was obedient and was willing to be used to meet a need. He stood up and preached to this church and struck the hearts of many.
At the end of the service, the pastor of the church asked if anyone wanted to come to the front to receive salvation. Five people came front and our dentist was able to lead these Ugandans into the most important prayer and decision. This dentist knew he was called to meet a need in a church in Uganda. He was obedient and stepped up to what the Lord was calling Him to do.
Some of my greatest moments in Uganda have happened at Denis and Rebecca’s home. It is here that they house over 50 rescued boys off of the street. They open their home to boys who want to escape a life on the streets. Denis and Rebecca take them in and love them. They help them as they transition from being abandoned and forgotten to being loved and being a part of a family. It is beautiful.
Tonight as we were spending time at their home, I learned something new. Denis and Rebecca joined this ministry when they were 22 and 18 years old. They accepted the calling that God had put on their heart and even though they had only been married for two years, they were obedient.
What a beautiful reminder of the life that we are called to. A life of following where the Lord leads us, meeting the needs He puts in front of us, and going the places He calls us. All the while knowing that the Lord will and has qualified us to do what he calls us to do. All we need to do is say yes and take that step of obedience.