– Jack Hyles
Every time you see a prophet of God introduced, it often comes with the statement that it was God Who called them. In most cases, the Old Testament prophets resisted this call, thinking they’re unqualified and unworthy, and they are right, because nobody calls themselves into the ministry or is qualified. If someone calls themselves into a ministry, it’s not a calling…it’s a wish. Whoever thinks they can call themselves into the ministry, or into any ministry, had better check with God first to make sure it’s His idea. It is God Who calls, not we. If it’s us, nothing much will ever come from it.
God doesn’t call the qualified because none of us are really qualified. God’s Word says that there are none that are good; not even one of us (Rom 3:12). In fact, no one even seeks after God (Rom 3:11), so how would we ever be equipped to serve God? God doesn’t call the qualified, but rather, He qualifies the called by His equipping them by the gifts of the Spirit, so He does the equipping, not we. We come only equipped to do human works which are nothing but filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6), so we had better acknowledge that God alone calls and God alone equips.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, God does the calling and God does the equipping. The equipping doesn’t come from trying really, really hard, but in utter dependence upon God Who alone can equip us to do ministry for Him and for His glory alone. These gifts of the Spirit of God are then empowered by the Spirit of God so that “the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2nd Tim 3:17), and of course “the woman of God.”
It might seem like an insult from God that we can’t equip ourselves and we can’t qualify ourselves, but this is how it is. We can’t even call ourselves into a ministry without God’s doing the calling, so Mr. Hyles is right in saying, “God does not choose those who are fit. He outfits those whom He chooses.”