Unqualified | adj. Not competent or sufficiently knowledgeable to do something
Assurance | n. Certainty about something
I’ve been thinking a lot about this phrase from Hebrews 10 lately, and how – at first recognition – it doesn’t’ really seem to make sense. It’s a bit of an oxymoron.
Being unqualified or lacking qualification (in worldly terms) is not a great confidence booster. Usually, the word ‘unqualified’ does anything BUT spark assurance in those that hear it. I’m speaking from personal experience when I say this. I wasn’t able to finish high school due to certain family circumstances and that has shaken my confidence on more than one occasion. But, as I’ve wrestled with this insecurity over the years, I think it’s actually allowed me to understand the gospel in greater depth, and truly grasp what Jesus made possible when he endured the cross.
In this world, qualifications mean a lot and are seen as essential ingredients to growth and development – which is true when it comes to particular fields of industry, education, skill and intellect. But if the need for credentials begins to affect my very identity, it will likely be hard to switch out of that mentality when it comes to approaching a holy, sovereign God. How can I possibly have confidence without qualifications? Without endorsements? Without letters of recommendation? Without transcripts listing all the reasons why I am a great candidate for a ‘scholarship’ that admits me into his presence, gives me an audience in his cosmic, majestic throne room? If anything, qualifications should hold the most weight with God, right?!
But this is the amazing truth of the gospel: Through JESUS, I’m freed from the expectation to prove that I’m good enough to know God. Because the truth is, I never will be! And that is exactly why He came, perfect in every way, to give up His life in place of ours. To pay the penalty we owe for sin.
By resting in Jesus and honouring all that He accomplished on the cross, though I’m unqualified, I can have absolute confidence that God accepts me as I am. Confidence to know that my Father in Heaven hears me, knows me, and is working on my behalf. Confidence that he sees me as a dearly beloved child. Confidence that I can draw near to him and enjoy intimacy with him, pouring out my heart to him on a daily basis. I can be honest about my experiences, questions, doubts, fears and passions.
It’s THIS assurance that gives me strength to face whatever comes, and faith to persevere through life’s challenges and trials when they loom. This upside down state of affairs is where everything truly begins, for me.
- First and foremost, I am accepted unconditionally through Jesus. His Perfect love casts out all fear.
- Secondly, the knowledge that I am invited into friendship with God – creator of heaven and earth – despite the fact that I’m completely unqualified, only heightens my hunger to learn and grow and become all that He says I can become.
In a world where qualification matters so much – to the point where it might be the thing in which we seek our identity – this is some of the most freeing news I’ve ever heard.
So thankful for the good news of the gospel 💛