Interesting fact: I have been fired from two jobs. The first in the 9th grade and the second after receiving my Masters in Christian School Administration.
My required internship lead me to Kwanli Academy. A privately owned Christian school. The owner of the school was, and is, one of the most knowledgable educators I have ever met. It was an honor and privilege to intern under he care. Our relationship grew and she wanted me to take over the administration of the school, that would free her to write and speak. During my internship I taught, put together advertising, and performed general responsibilities as instructed. Most of my responsibilities fell in line with my specific gifting.
Two months into the following year, after I took over the administration of the school, the owner fired me. It was the most excruciating experience I ever endured. There were plenty of emotion, anger, hurt, and finally release. In reality it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I simply wasn't qualified to be a school administrator.
Finding out that your education was totally wrong was hard to swallow. But God uses the education, he doesn't need it. He has a better way to build his kingdom. He acts as the qualifier.
"Thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." Colossians 1:12
Worldly education can qualify you for Worldly endeavors, but God qualifies us for eternal endeavors, for the inheritance of the saints. The word qualified means to make sufficient or competent. Through the cross God changes our disqualification into qualification. We are now competent to life lives of holiness. We now have the weapons to fight spiritual battles. We have the capacity to love others unconditionally. Our minds are transformed so we can understand the will of God.
These are the tools that help us walk in the Spirit, in a manner worthy of our calling. As a result we share in the inheritance that comes from God. The riches of his grace and mercy, the blessings of His Spirit, the bond of fellowship of the body.
What is marvelous about this qualification is that it isn't our doing. In the world we work hard to qualify ourselves, in business, in sports, even in relationships. But in God's economy he picks up the broken pieces of our sin burdened lives and fashions them into vessels that he can use. He qualifies us! The enormity of that is incomprehensible. No longer does the light reveal the shame of sin, but enlightens us to the truth of God. No longer does darkness hide from us to the goodness of God, but exposes His unfailing love.
Because God is the qualifier, he will not fire us. He might discipline us, refine us, even break us, but he will never abandon us. Wow! Nothing or no one can snatch us from his hands.
It is an example to us as we engage people who struggle and fail. Our job is to bestow love and grace. God will deal with the discipline. It is his responsibility as the qualifier. That's freeing. I'm just saying.