Not Qualified (Spoken Word Poem)

Not Qualified (Spoken Word Poem)

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So the other day, I got a message on Facebook
that said, “Jon, I love the message of your videos
but not if it’s coming from you. There are choices you’ve made in your past
that render you not qualified to spread such a message.”
And for me, that was hard to hear because the hypocritical Christian is something
I fear. To be put in a category like that,
I could think of nothing worse. So maybe there’s something I should’ve said
first. You see, I can’t and won’t and don’t claim
to be perfect. In fact, most times I’m not even good.
I’ll take responsibility for the mistakes I’ve made
and the hurts I’ve caused. I got more than I probably should.
But would God use that against me, making good coming from my life impossible?
Forgives me, but refuses to use me? I don’t believe in that Gospel.
I believe in the God of Moses. Moses was an orphan and a murderer
with a stutter and a price on his head. Yet God chose this killer to be a fulfiller,
performing miracles, leading his people, and making rivers flow red.
I believe in the God of David. David, the shepherd boy who turned into a
king, a terrible father and an adulterer from the
start. Yet even with wrongdoings and iniquity,
we remember him as the man after God’s own heart.
Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, living a life without direction.
Matthew was a tax collector, the lowest of the low,
yet they both walked and talked and witnessed Christ’s perfection.
Did God choose the Pharisees, the self-righteous and pompous full of laws
and pretention? Or did He choose cowardly Peter and persecuting
Paul to spread the message of Christ’s redemption?
All these heroes in the Bible, not a one of them was likely.
Leaning not on themselves, they leaned on God,
and you know what God is? He is mighty.
So can God use me? A broken, steaming mess. And can God use him, or her, or you?
I’m here to tell you right now that the answer is yes.
God can and will use anybody even if you only go to church on Christmas.
Does He only speak through the preacher? No! God is in a different business,
because believing in the Lord isn’t living a perfect Walgreens life, always
doing right. It’s letting His light shine from within
and letting His Word be your tutor. He’ll take your broken past,
helping you step into a more hopeful future, because it wasn’t for perfection that Jesus
died on that cross. It was for the unhealthy, so the sick could
serve the sick and seek and save the lost.
‘Cause in the end these words and these lights and these cameras
and this video, it’s not about me.
It’s about God. And with God, it’s never about who you were,
but about who you will be. It’s God’s story for the world,
and we’re just playing our parts. So if you’re out there feeling not qualified,
that’s great, because “not qualified” is where He starts.

100 thoughts on “Not Qualified (Spoken Word Poem)”

  1. Hey, brother. So I don't think you care.. Nor do you need my little opinion but [I think] this was great. This was a word. When you turned the lights off (and the camera, I guess, lol ) I screamed in my head.. In a good way 😊

  2. I thank God for what you have been through. It sheds light on the truth about the God who can do amazing things to us who have sinned and fell short of His glory.

  3. Jon you've shown me so much wisdom through your videos because you share the truth and I want to pray that you would continue because I can see god's glory through you

  4. I am really glad that someone asked you such a question because that led you make such a wonderful video message. Thanku very much brother. What you said means a lot lot to me.

  5. That man is completely and utterly right. His words pierced my soul like a cold sword penetrating a heart. His imperfection made him perfect for the job. I only pray to God above that I could be used for His glory and majesty, so I could positively influence others just as this man had influenced me.

  6. Oh God, your grace and mercy amazes me.
    Despite mans wrong doings,
    Despite our evil desires,
    Despite our hearts- as dark as the night,
    You are there for us with arms wide
    Ready to forgive us and comfort us
    We are filthy pigs,
    We are great sinners,

    I will forever be grateful for your love
    I will forever praise your name

  7. I agree with everything that's been said in the video. Jesus died for us to live. He wants us to keep His commandments and He qualifies the chosen. He will use us like how He used Moses, Mary, and Paul.

  8. Oh! God all mighty! Forgive our sins.
    Forgive us for comparing our problems to those of others.
    Help us to open our hearts and our blind minds.
    Grant us selflessness.
    Instill in us the desire to help others and to solve the problems of our society.

  9. Let God use you as an instrument to spread the Gospel because it does not matter who you are, it is about who you will be.

  10. Child of God
    Worry not
    Child of God
    You are loved
    Child of God
    The Father embraces you
    For who you are
    Child of God
    The Father accepts you
    No matter what you are.

  11. We are not useless
    We are made for a purpose
    We are made by Gods' choice
    We are alive because God loves us
    We are his children, his disciples and followers
    We are to show his holy presence
    to other people around us
    We are all equal and qualified in God's eyes.

  12. It is true
    God does not use
    the qualified,
    but He qualifies
    the unqualified.
    Truth is, we thought with all our achievements
    we are great but actually
    inside we are nothing.
    We are too proud when actually we have nothing
    to be proud to start with.
    We become hypocrites like the old pharisees,
    hypocrites like some modern-pastors
    who does not walk
    their talk.

  13. Who knew that mere videos can speak confidence in us? As if scripted, as if planned, as if God-willed, the message reawakened me to both insecurities and possibilities- who I am and who I can be.

  14. There are no words to thank you for lifting my spirits up. God chose you to save me from misery. I would like to see you at least once to give gratitude. Not being exaggerated, but you're a Godsend 🙂 bless you more with wisdom and bravery.

  15. Even though this is an older video, I can't tell you how many times I have to go back and watch this…such an amazing reminder and uplifter on this journey for Jesus. Thanks Jon. Blessings and warm wishes from Phoenix AZ 🙂

  16. Wow. Almost in tears. This is exactly what I needed to hear. There are so many times I have felt unworthy. Praise the God of David!

  17. i am not qualified, but i am uniquely qualified to help those who struggled in the samefield as i did. Thanks Jon for not being perfect.

  18. i am so blessed right now by this message….i share the same situation with you Jon and how people put me in a category because of my past decisions. please grant me the permission to share this message and any other. Sierra Leone

  19. so sorry that people are so boxed, shackled to say persecuting slang, Answer is yes, yes, our life is directed to SEE after we Were in past wrongs. high five

  20. I’m not qualified either, Jon. My past is pitiful. Good thing God is in the business of taking broken, ugly things and making them beautiful.

  21. Don’t let the negativity get to you. You have helped alot of people because of the gift God’s given you!!
    You helped me realize I’m good enough to be a Pastor to help people just like you.
    Thank you Jon 🙏🏻
    Bless you❤️

  22. For the past 24 years the main constant thought in my mind was "GOD wow from now & eternity I AM someBODY's MOTHER" #thankUJesus #prazeGOD for the blessings #GiveGODtheGlory #thankGod4God #GodisOntheMove #thankGod4u my son & now 🐕 Ruby

  23. This made me cry and I try so hard not to show weakness. You can just feel how powerful you feel about this. It's lovely. Thank you.

  24. God can use anyone He chooses, no matter the past.No one is perfect.He only desires that we continue to improve and to love Him and others unconditionally.

  25. Luke 5: 32" I didn't not come for the righteous, but the sinners to come and repent. " I love this message and video. I can't stop watching it, all I can do is smile and remember that verse.

  26. You aren't qualified, you didn't put on a fedora, use water references, or say broken chains in any line…If anyone could be qualified, we wouldn't need God's grace would we?

  27. this is so good it got me into tears. i am struggling to keep God's words in my heart everyday. I often forget how far i have come with his grace in my life. Glory to the Almighty

  28. Everyone is learning from their past. Many our changing to show other people to not make the same mistakes and do the right

  29. Great poem. Check out this poem about the royal wedding and homelessness

  30. Hi.
    I've messed up countless times and now that I'm trying to makeup all these things say I have zero qualifications to serve my God.
    Thank you and may God use you to speak as we try to get our journey 🙇

  31. You’re absolutely right my brother. Church is a hospital for the sick! If it was only for the only for the righteous they’d all be empty! Thank you for using your gift!

  32. I feel this completely, my whole body is tattooed My face as well I'm judged everyday for the way I look, I'm a follower of Jesus a husband and a father. I have been told I'm not welcome and I have no place in heaven, I have been a follower for about 6 year's and I came from a life of crime and addiction just a sinful lifestyle and God gave me another chance and I feel so discriminated from "my Church family". I still press into the Lord, cause He is compassionate and merciful. And to give a quick description of me I have across my forehead "Only God Can Judge Me" below that on left above my eyebrow I have a Christian fish with Jesus in it under my right eye I have Loyalty and a little cross under my left eye. Both my arms are tribal and Mary praying on my leg a clover on my hand and anchor on my arm "TRUE LOVE" across my knuckles and cause I'm a cook I got "Dirty Money" on my other hand. I like to think I wear my faith

  33. I love how genuine you are and how you stand up in boldness… I can't imagine what you have been and gone through in order to share the message. Im just thankful that you have been obedient to His calling because your light and fire ignites others that are afraid to be light in this generation. Thank you

  34. I don't believe in God, or anything really for that matter. But I admire all of your fans and your relationship with the man you call your lord, and I just wanted to say you guys may not like me (cause im a gay trans man and im a sinner) but i love how you believe in something so distant and bring it so close to your heart.

  35. God calls those who aren’t qualified because it is those who are broken who truly understand those who are hurting and sinning.

  36. My…! I Praise the Lord as I came across this video…I was severely criticised as accordingly by my Christian friends…since I am a non christian I felt really bad even to live ahead in shame upholding another religion …Thank you so much Jon …May God Bless you& family…

  37. Not Qualified is where he starts, I so believe this. I've been studying Exodus, where Moses was selected by God to deliver, to serve God. I really enjoy the gift of Ministry God has called you to. God is having you feed me with his word. I keep you in my prayers to keep you humble.

    God Bless

  38. God uses the unqualified "nothings" to glorify him by changing them into "Righteous Somethings" part of the Great I Am. He parted the Red Sea so how can changing and using a human/his child be difficult?

  39. Jon, this came up in my feed again today. I've seen it a while ago and have watched it many times and passed it on to alot of people. This for me is probably one if not the most impactful spoken words you've ever done in my opinion. This one for me is just soooo personal.

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