I remember reading 1Timothy 1:12 and wondering what Paul meant there. It says (emphasis mine):
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;“
When Paul said Jesus counted him faithful to be put into ministry, it sounded like he was saying he was qualified to be called into ministry. Haven’t we always heard that “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”?
As I pondered on this, it dawned on me that being a Christian does not excuse you from being qualified to do certain things. Just the way you will not hire an Engineer to do a Doctor’s job, why will God ask you to do something you have not developed (or will not develop) yourself for? Grace does not exclude work.
1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
In John 15:5, Jesus said: “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he [God] taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Yes, God is our Father that loves to give us stuff but also important is what we are bringing to the table.