The Kingdom of God is so much the opposite of the kingdom of man.

In God’s Kingdom, the last are first (Matthew 20:16). In His Kingdom, the Shepherd leaves his flock of 99 sheep to go after one that is lost until He finds it (Matthew 18:12). In God’s Kingdom, the hero of the world is not a conqueror but a servant who gives up his life.

The Gospel seems paradoxical. Yet, this is the way things are in the Kingdom.  

What does this mean for us?

God has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. Sometimes, when God reveals those plans to us, we tend to shrink from our calling because we feel unqualified or inadequate. In our weakness, we wonder if God could use us for the task at hand.  

1 Corinthians 1:27 (ESV) says, “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

You have probably heard that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. That statement is so true. God takes our weakness and uses it to show how He is strong.

If you feel that you are not qualified to handle the task God has placed before you, you’re in good company. Moses, David, Paul, and countless others felt the same way.

In this inside-out, upside-down Kingdom, when you are weak, then you are strong.

Don’t be afraid when God calls you to step out and take action for His Kingdom.

His grace is sufficient. His power will be made perfect in your weakness, and He will get the glory.

“For the sake of Christ I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10, ESV).