Having listened to many of Pastor Steven Furtick's sermon podcasts from Elevation Church in the past, I was excited to read his new book that was released this month — (Un)Qualified.
Throughout the book, Furtick makes solid biblical points about who we are, how we see ourselves and how God sees us. In a culture full of self — self-help, self-discovery, self-improvement, self-promotion — many fall into the trap of trying to "find themselves" outside of God. Yet knowing ourselves outside of God, our Creator, is an impossibility!
"But apart from God, it's impossible to get a clear picture of who we are, because our identity is so intimately and intricately and inseparably bound to his." Steven Furtick, (Un)QualifiedWhat initially drew me to this book was his statement that "God loves unqualified people." As a quite unqualified person myself, I find such hope in knowing that God has used unqualified people in the past — such as Jacob, Peter, and Paul — and He is still in the business of doing just that!
The first half of the book was a bit slow-moving but Furtick then finished with very powerful final chapters. He speaks of the Christian walk being an ongoing relationship with Jesus, a process of embracing and replacing, listening to God's voice and living out who He says we are.
I was encouraged by Furtick's message to embrace who God has created you to be and quit trying to become someone else. How much of our lives have been wasted pretending to be someone we're not?! I so easily fall into the traps of comparison, perfectionism and people-pleasing yet there is a way to freedom from all of that... and that way, the ONLY way, is through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
"True freedom in Christ comes when you realize you have nothing to prove to anyone, because in Christ, God fully approves of you." Steven Furtick, (Un)Qualified(Un)Qualified was a great read that made me think about how I define myself and how those words don't line up with what God really thinks of me. It has pushed me to embrace where God has me right now and press forward in the adventure of walking with my Lord and Savior!
God is my qualifier and my approver.
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:5-6 NLT