10:17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
There has been and continues to be a lot of friction in my church (not local but global) about the issue of women being ordained as pastors. I'm not here to address that issue directly but a much broader principle that Paul states brilliantly here in these two short verses.
It is true that some individuals are gifted. They have abilities which make them seek leadership and cause others to follow. Neither of these realities means God has called them. One commentator speculates that Judas Iscariot was not called by Jesus but rather volunteered. They also speculate because of his position as treasurer and some of the comments he made that he was the most educated and qualified of the twelve. Yet look how things ended up. We know from the Old Testament that Satan's rebellion began with him seeking a position that wasn't his to occupy.
I love baseball. I love to watch the kids practice and then evaluate what position they should/could play based on their abilities. When everyone is in the position best suited to their abilities it's like poetry in motion. When everyone is out of position it makes a good team look terrible in a hurry. God is our Creator. He knows where we need to be. He wants to maximize our gifts. People excel when they are doing what they were designed to do. Neuro scientists are estimating it takes ten times the energy to complete a task we are not naturally gifted for. That's an incredible number!
So don't glory in your qualifications or your race or your colour or your gender or your height or any other external measure. On the flip side don't despair because of the perceived lack of or disadvantages created by any of them either. Give yourself to God. Let Him choose your position. Respect the counsel of others but don't let them add to or subtract from what God is doing in your life or with your life. Don't step a ring higher or stay a ring lower. He is the Potter. We are the clay. Glory in Him. Let Him have His way. Man has not the power to ordain or not ordain. That's His business.