Can God Use You?

Can God Use You?

Do you ever wonder why God called you to do something for Him? There are many reasons why God shouldn’t hopeless2have called you, or me, or anyone else for that matter, but God doesn’t wait until we are perfect to call us. Think of all those God used. You’re in good company if you think you aren’t ready for God to use.

  • Abraham lied.
  • Sarah laughed at God’s promises.
  • Moses stuttered.
  • David’s armor didn’t fit.
  • John Mark was rejected by Paul.
  • Timothy had ulcers.
  • Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
  • Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
  • Jacob was a liar.
  • David had an affair.
  • Solomon was too rich.
  • Jesus was too poor.
  • Abraham was too old.
  • David was too young.
  • Peter was afraid of death.
  • Lazarus was dead.
  • John was self-righteous.
  • Naomi was a widow.
  • Paul was a murderer.
  • So was Moses.
  • So was David.
  • Jonah ran from God.
  • Miriam was a gossip.
  • Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
  • Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
  • Elijah was burned out.
  • John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
  • Martha was a worry-wart.
  • Mary may have been lazy.
  • Samson had long hair.
  • Noah got drunk.
  • Did I mention Moses had a short fuse?
  • So did Peter, Paul and lots of folks.

But God doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses because He’s more like our Dad than a boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, nor sassy and brassy, nor deaf to our cry. He’s not blind to our faults. His gifts to us are free. We could do wonderful things for others and still not be wonderful ourselves.

Satan says, “You’re not worthy!”

Jesus says, “So what? I AM.”

Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.

God looks back and sees the Cross.

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  1. Stu (Author)

    Thanks for the reminder Don that it’s not primarily how good we are at serving but often simply whether we are willing to serve. Clearly we serve in ministry where God has gifted us, as we are all wired differently. However as a result of our endless flaws and ‘stuff ups’ in our daily lives, we are reminded that it’s by God’s grace alone that we have the ability to serve and honour Him. God is in the business of raising up the broken and humble of heart, not the proud and self assurred. In doing so God alone is praised, and not ourselves.

  2. Stu

    I was reminded this morning of the lost opportunity of Moses because of his lack of faith that God would equip him to approach Pharoah (Ex 3:1-4:17). When God spoke to him from the burning bush, Moses showed great humilty and reverence for God by falling on his knees and face down (A reminder to us all for having a reventent attitude when communing with God). However as God commissioned Moses to go to Pharoah, Moses continued to doubt God’s ability to equip him. God assurred him that He will be with him and that He will perform many miraculous signs using the staff God had given Moses. But when Moses said he wasn’t eloquent in speach (as you pointed out in your blog Don), the Lord burned with anger. As a result God called Aaron to be the spokesperson. Moses’ lack of faith cost him the privilege of being the man who would declare to Pharaoh God’s command to release the Israelites from captivity.

    So that should be a reminder to all of us that it’s good to remember that in ourselves we are not worthy or equipped to do God’s work and live for Him. However we are not to use our perceived inability as an excuse for not stepping up to the plate and trusting and obeying God’s lead in our lives. If we do we will miss out on the blessings and work God has for us. God will find someone who is willing. We mustn’t forget that God chooses those who may not appear to be equipped for the job to do His work from a secular perspective, so that His name alone will be glorified when we step out in faith and obey Him.

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