Text: 1 Timothy 12-17
“giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Colossians 1:12
He came to request that I pray with him before he left for the visa interview. I decided to ask some questions about his preparedness before I prayed. With my knowledge of visa requirements, I knew he wasn’t qualified. He had no financial capability, no strong ties, no career qualification and no strong invitation to the country! Humanly speaking, I could almost say with assurance that he would be refused. He knelt down and held my legs. While still struggling to mutter some words in prayer, a prayer popped within me and instantly I said, “Father, please, let grace qualify your son. Let grace cover his insufficiencies. Let grace make up for his inadequacies. Let grace speak for him before the visa officer”.
He left and returned like someone who was still dreaming. It was just as we prayed. The visa officer barely asked him any question before he was told to come back for his visa. He stood amazed before the visa officer, as if it wasn’t true. Grace truly qualified him and covered up for him!
Since then I had repeated the same prayer and it has also produced the same result.
“..giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints (God’s people) in the Light.” (Col 1:12 AMP).
Grace is a qualifier. We are now qualified to share in the inheritance of God’s people. We are no longer strangers to the inheritance but sharers. All your capabilities, certifications and influence will still give you deficiency outside grace. I have witnessed many highly qualified who were disqualified. I have come to know that, in every sphere of life endeavours, it is grace that certifies and not certificates. In our text today and in 1 Corinthians 15:9-10, Paul pointed out that grace qualified him despite being unqualified. Does it mean that we shouldn’t seek for academic and professional certification or we should not build our capacities and financial capabilities? No, we should but we must not place our confidence on them. May the grace of God qualify you in every of your life endeavours in Jesus name.
1. Father, please, qualify me with Your grace in Jesus name.
2.Father, please, let Your grace cover up my inadequacies and imperfections in Jesus name.
1.I boldly declare that it is grace that certified me and not my certificates.
2.Faith gives me access to my inheritance in Christ but grace will open the door.