Last night, I had the privilege of hearing Pastor Craig Groeschel preach at Code Orange Revival. Pastor Craig leads one of the largest churches in the United States, Lifechurch.tv.
The sermon was packed with content and challenges.
At one point, Pastor Craig was talking about how he went in front of an ordination board and was rejected. They said he was too wild. Maybe not conservative enough. Clearly, God was not done with him. Pastor Craig then went on to talk about how so many churches have three primary restrictions when looking for a pastor:
- Must have at least five years experience.
- Must have a degree from seminary.
- Must be married.
If this were the case, then Jesus himself, wouldn’t meet the criteria to pastor their churches. What’s my point? The point is that we need to stop looking for approval from society and the worldly standards. Romans 8:28 says that “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” We are all qualified to spread the Gospel. There is no degree required to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As you begin/continue your journey of obedience from The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), I challenge you to remember Ephesians 3:20 which states, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Take bold steps of faith and let God work on your behalf.