“God doesn’t call the equipped. God equips the called.”
This saying was on a church sign as my husband and I headed out to celebrate our anniversary. I have heard it in other forms over the years and it’s never bothered me. This night I couldn’t let it go.
“I don’t agree.” I said the words out loud which no longer bothers my husband. He just waits for me to explain what I’m talking about. “If God knitted me in the womb why would he create someone that was not equipped for the purpose he was knitting them for?”
Every gift, talent and ability I have is a gift from God. It doesn’t make sense that he would create me one way and then call me another direction. Instead it makes sense that as I grow in my personal relationship with him I begin to understand the purpose that utilizes my unique gifts and talents.
Saying that God does not call the equipped is like saying that the charismatic person can not be a preacher because he’s gifted in speaking or the singer can’t be the lead in the choir. It goes against reasons. And although I will be the first to admit that God does things in his own unique way I think that he weaves in each of us the gifts and talents we need to fulfill the purpose for which we were created.
There are times when we don’t trust our own gifts. There are times when we try to IGNORE our talents. But growing a personal relationship with the Father will reveal how his creation is called to work together.