I received a call one day about a job offer, which I qualified for, except they wanted someone who spoke Spanish. It made me think, that how many people have reached a point of greatness, and been disqualified because of a basic requirement they did not have. I call it basic because it exists in some environments, and not in others. Have you ever been denied because of a requirement you did not have? It might not necessarily be Spanish, but Russian, Italian, or something else entirely. The thing is, that sometimes, your qualification may not be intended for what you think. Assuming I was hired, I would be able to do my job, until I come across a patient who speaks only Spanish, and my qualification disqualifies me. You are disqualified for that position, but not all other positions. It does not mean you should go out of that environment to someplace else, because whilst I was unqualified for that position, I was made to understand that I might be qualified for another position that did not require speaking a different language.
It is important to understand why it happens, because sometimes, it seems like the ideal situation, and you go for it, only to be told if you had this, you would be the best candidate for this position. You have to understand that you are spared the agony of humiliation. Sometimes, you are spared because what God has in store for you is greater than what you were going for.
“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:8-11 NKJV
Verse 14 talks about knowing your place, because knowing where your qualification puts you will determine how you are perceived. It does not mean you aim for something lower, but when you find yourself in a position where everyone possesses the same or similar qualities, it is best to go in as what they think you are, and until they show up and , you present yourself as you.
This parable is about an event, but the things we go through in life are events, and whether you have an idea about an event or not, you are only as good as what the host says you are. It is your qualification that got you through, but it is your character that will determine whether you remain there or not.
The parable is concentrated on finding yourself in the right place, even in the right environment. We go through life, finding ourselves in situations that are often right, yet are full of sections that have different elements. There are so many people who want to be doctors, yet, there are different types of doctors that serve diverse needs. When you are told your requirements are not enough, do not try to force yourself into a situation you are not meant to be in. It is either you learn the requirement or search for where your qualifications fit. Ask God where your requirements fit in, and he will determine whether your requirements deserve an upgrade or another environment.
Requirements are just that, the real prize is what lies ahead of your placement. It is God that determines where you end up, so when your requirements become inadequate, do not see it as a setback, but an entry point created for you to enter, and like the parable, the host will bring you to where you are supposed to be. Life will feel like you need a requirement every time, but know that you can overcome it because of the way you present yourself in the sight of your host. Make use of what you have in your hand and nothing shall ever be out of your reach. It is God that made you, and he will qualify you for anything that is yours.
God bless you.