Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
I’ve been told I have a good voice – speaking and singing.
I’ve also been told I have a face for radio, but at least my voice is also qualified for radio!
I never thought about being a radio announcer until an opportunity to do just that opened up in the fall of 1987.
I was a first-year student at Concordia Seminary. I had a part-time job as an accessioner at Concordia Historical Institute. It was an okay job, one which could feed my love of history.
But I found that while I was qualified for the job – it wasn’t because of my love of history. I could simply write a number in a book and affix that number on a piece of paper. That’s what an accessioner does – inventorying and recording historical documents that come into the Institute’s collection. I had a little room, dusty and musty, that was kept at a cool 68 degrees. There was one window high on the wall where I could see whether it was daytime or night but that was about it.
The pay was okay, but the work soon became dull. I started looking for another position. I walked down to the studios of KFUO AM/FM radio that was on the campus. I asked to see the program director. I told him who I was and what I was looking for.
He hired me on the spot and a couple of days later I was hosting the weekend afternoon slot on the AM side.
Like a duck takes to water, I felt right at home behind the control board and microphone of the radio studio.
My voice qualified me for the job! My voice that I readily acknowledge is a gift given to me by God (through my mom and dad).
The word “qualified’ shows up in today’s devotional text. But not exactly in the same context as my radio career.
It has been said that “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.”
I think that is very true!
While my voice qualified me for radio, what is in me doesn’t qualify me “to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Instead, God qualifies me.
God qualifies all of us through the blood of his Son, Jesus Christ. To share with the saints in light is to live forever in God’s Kingdom of Glory – heaven!
We can only be qualified by God himself. We bring nothing to this party on our own!
And while the Kingdom of Glory is the end result of our inheritance, there are things we do before we go there!
God calls us to be his own children through the Means of Grace. Typically, this is first through Holy Baptism. And through the other Means of Grace – God’s Holy Word and the Sacrament of Holy Communion – we are continually qualified to fill God’s calling of us.
Our calling here in the Kingdom of Grace – our life in this world – is to tell others the Good News about Jesus!
I realize that there are many Christians who feel less than qualified to do this. But I contend that this isn’t true at all. God wouldn’t call us to do it and then not qualify us to do it.
As the hymn writer says:
If you cannot preach like Peter,
If you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus
And say He died for all.
stanza 3 of the hymn There Is a Balm in Gilead
You are qualified because you are called by God!
Almighty and ever-living God, you make me both to will and to do those things that are good and acceptable in your sight. Let your fatherly hand ever guide me and your Holy Spirit ever be with me to direct me in the knowledge and obedience of your Word that I may obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
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