In my role with KidZ At Heart, I often come across people who would like to minister cross-culturally but are afraid or feel “less than adequate.” Some are even confident they have been called by God to go…called to equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture…but they aren’t confident they are “qualified” to go.
Think about your qualifications to minister for Jesus (right where you are or somewhere he is calling you to “go”) as you review the following, a memo that might have been written about the disciples had Jesus used today’s management principles to select the twelve.
TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph
FROM: Jordan Management Consultants
RE: Personnel Evaluations
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests, and we have not only run the results through our computers, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
It is the opinion of the staff that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept.
We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capacity.
We have summarized the findings of our study below:
Simon Peter is emotional, unstable and given to fits of temper.
Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership.
The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interests above company loyalty.
Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale.
We believe it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau.
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus, definitely have radical leanings. Additionally, they both registered high scores on the manic depressive scale.
However, one of the candidates shows great potential. He’s a man of ability and resourcefulness; he is a great networker; has a keen business mind; and has strong contacts in influential circles. He’s highly motivated, very ambitious and adept with financial matters. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your Controller and Chief Operating Officer.
All the other profiles are self-explanatory. We wish you the utmost success in your new venture.
Jesus sees in you and me nothing that a miracle can’t fix! He uses us, because he designed us to serve him…not because we’ve achieved the qualifications!
Here am I, Lord! Send me!
(This post originally appeared on September 11, 2010. I am currently traveling and unable to access the internet, but wanted to share some of my favorites with you.)