Trey Campbell is a leading authority on utilizing biblically-based principles to help leaders and salespeople expand their influence.

God doesn’t call the capable. He calls the available.

God made us all capable, but are we really available?


We were made to be ambassadors though service to His Kingdom and communication of His message. As such, we are all capable. I wonder though… where are the many who are called but do not answer?


To be capable is the ability to achieve. It’s the competency and proficiency of know-how. It’s possessing a skill set that allows one to triumph and accomplish.


We were all born with the ability to become qualified. You may have heard before, “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” And this is very true. But… just because you are capable does not mean you are preferred. Or even desirable, for that matter. Why is this? It’s because the capable are not always the most ideal choice. Just like the called need to be qualified, the capable need to be available.


For I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13


This is a well-known verse that brings light to both capability and availability. Through the strength of Christ, our capability arises out of our willingness to be present with him, in him, and through him. We are strengthened by our resolve to be present with Jesus.


When Jesus chose his disciples, he didn’t seek out the educated, wealthy, religious men of the day. He chose four fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot, and other men of ordinary, non-specified means. Why? One reason is they were not tainted with legalism or self-righteousness. Another reason is… they were available.


Capability in itself was not a prerequisite or qualification for God to work through the disciples. And it’s not for us either. Their availability allowed them to be at the disposal of Jesus. He told them to come and follow. They dropped what they were doing and followed. Jesus said upon inviting a man to follow as his disciple who procrastinated saying he had to bury his father, “Let the dead bury the dead.” This man’s availability was hindered by his worldly understanding rather than his spiritual sensitivity.


Here are three parts of availability to consider as you seek to be open to opportunity in how you will be used by God:


Accessibility – Being accessible means being easily reached and approachable. God wants for us to be accessible to the Holy Spirit and to others. In order to be used for good works, we have to be open to recognizing where we can best be used.


Coachabilty – This is in regard to obedience. If you are going to be available when called upon, you must be teachable. There is another aspect to coachability: you must be willing to listen.


Readiness – Are you ready to go? Are you willing to go? Those who find themselves in a stagnant cycle are most often not willing to move when movement becomes a requirement. We must be ready at all times. You never know when you will be called.


How’s your availability?


Trey Campbell, [email protected]


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