Let’s revisit the quote we used at the beginning of all of this.
God has given you everything you need to reach the people God has called you to reach. (Craig Groeschel)
As the objections begin to roll in about all the ways that statement isn’t true, remember, God hasn’t called you to reach everybody. God hasn’t given you everything you need to reach everyone, but rather he has given you everything you need for the few in your life you can impact.
But remember, God uses the humble and the faithful. Being used by God requires you doing things before you know the end result, which is why so many stop before they ever start. Thinking “I’ll do whatever God wants me to do, as long as I know the end result beforehand.” Unfortunately, that’s not how faith works.
Want to be used by God? Ask yourself these three simple questions:
1) Who in my life can I intentionally pray for and share my story with?
You mean actually talk to someone about my faith? Yes and no. Yes in the sense that the goal is for your faith to come up, but no in the sense that it won’t be done in the awkward and forced kind of way we typically think of it.
You’re simply sharing your story; not theology, you’re not answering any objections, you’re not even explaining what it means to be a follower of Christ. You’re sharing your faith in the context of your story. No one feels uncomfortable hearing a story about how your life was changed.
2) What opportunities are available to me right now that I can jump in with?
Too busy to add something to your plate, worried about volunteering somewhere for the first time and not knowing anyone? Have you been desiring to be generous to a person or cause close to your heart? Remember, humbleness and faith.
Not sure what to cut out of your life to make time for something new? Understandable. Will you feel uncomfortable doing something you haven’t done before? Maybe. Not sure how you can afford to be generous given your current financial state? Makes sense.
Want to be used by God? Try it in humbleness and faith.
3) How can God use you in your workplace and/or among your friends?
Everybody has to work. Whether you’re a CEO of a fortunate 500 company or a full time mom, we all have work to do.
So what if you began to view your work differently? Not just as a place to pass the time until the weekend or until the kids go to bed, but as a place to be used by God?
What about your coworkers who you see everyday, or the people you see in your community on a consistent basis? What if you used your job as a strategic place to build relationships and used that as your mission field instead of counting down the hours until your done?
What gifts, skills, and talents has God given you to reach people who would never set foot in a church? Remember, the goal is for you to be used by God, not for you to simply invite someone to church and have the pastor do the work.
Remember, God has given you everything you need to reach the people God has called you to reach. Not the Sunday sermon.
Do you want to be used by God? God uses everybody who humbles themselves before him. The question then is not can or will God use me, but will I let him?
Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
This is part four of a four part series looking at the question of whether or not God can use you. You can go back and read part 1, part 2, and part 3, or you can download the whole series in PDF form here.