“O Lord, I can’t speak for you. I’m too young!”
Have you ever said this? Have you ever found yourself unqualified and inadequate to do the work of God? These are the very words of the prophet Jeremiah.
In the story of Jeremiah we find a young man who is still dependent on his parents, called by God to be a prophet to the nations. When Jeremiah says, he is too young he truly is, in society’s view. He is a young man, not yet living on his own and able to support himself.
But God tells him, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. Don’t be afraid of the people for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiah 1:7
The Bible is full a people unqualified to do God’s work, yet he still chooses them. I’m sure there were plenty of men who could speak well that God could’ve chosen, but he decided to pick Jeremiah.
How many times does God give you a heart or desire to reach someone, but you don’t do it because you feel unqualified? I know I sure have felt this way. This passage really struck me because there have been so many times when I chose to not do something because I felt like there was someone else who could do it better than me, or perhaps because I thought it was impossible for a young college student like me to tackle something so huge.
But God says, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young.’” He will use us no matter our deficiencies, let's be real, we all have them. God doesn’t look at who we currently are. He sees what we can be when we let Him take over.
God doesn’t need someone who is smarter, more outgoing, prettier, has a great personality or someone who can lead people to Christ through their popularity or radical testimony. He doesn’t need any of that because God is above all of that. He simply needs us to say, “Yes, God I will follow after you and go and do whatever you have called me to do.” He simply needs our obedience.
Maybe you’re one who knows that God has placed a calling on your life and you feel super unqualified. Maybe you don’t even know what God has called you to do, but you still feel unqualified to even be a witness for Christ because you’ve messed up so much.
The truth is, yes you are probably unqualified in human terms, but God doesn’t care about that. He took a boy still living with his parents and who could not speak well, and used him to prophecy to the people of Jerusalem.
We need to stop focusing on our own weaknesses and shortcomings and focus on what God is calling us to do because God wants to use you, you just have to be willing and trust in Him.