By Melanie Rigney



“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:4


The church at Corinth was troubled. Paul appears to have canceled an earlier visit, and there are rumblings about his authority. Without knowing the complete politics of the situation, we can imagine the grumbling: “Who does this guy think he is? He never walked with Jesus. Not that long ago, he was persecuting Christians, not acting like he was qualified to lead us!”

Qualifying the Called

Much of what those at Corinth were whispering about Paul was true. He knew it, and God knows it. In this beautiful letter, Paul acknowledges as much. It’s not me, but God, he writes, who has qualified him to be “minister of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit…” (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Our Call

And so it is with us. Maybe God has called you to be a mother, though you have no experience with siblings or as a babysitter. Maybe God has called you to facilitate a women’s prayer group, though you see yourself as a follower, not a leader. Maybe God has called you to be a Catholic writer, though you’ve never taken a theology course. No matter, dear sister. By the Almighty’s calling, you are qualified. So let others snipe and gossip. You know who you are, and so does God: a beloved daughter—and a sister of Christ.




Jesus, help me strap on my spiritual armor so that I might always do your will regardless of how others judge my qualifications.

Call to Action

That thing God’s been calling you to do for which you have no credentials? Put your doubts and fears—and take one step today to saying yes.


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