Not only am I about to share what you need to do for God to use you, I’ll also show you his will for your life. I know I know, you’re really excited now. Two questions you’ve wanted to know all your life are about to get answered. You’re welcome. Here’s how…
We’ve seen that God uses ordinary people to work through. It’s God who makes them great, not their own doing.
So how can God use you?
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)
That’s it. That’s all you have to do.
But wait, you say, that was anti-climatic.
Yeah, maybe it was. But it’s also true.
The one thread that binds all people God has used not only throughout the Bible, but throughout human history, was a humbleness and willingness to trust and follow God.
It’s easy to look back at someone like Moses and marvel at all God did through him. But you have to remember; he didn’t know the outcome beforehand. He had no idea how he was going to lead the Israelites out of Egypt before it happened. We know the story of how God used Moses to get the Israelites out of Egypt because we’ve heard it. But you better believe Moses was full of objections, questions, and self-doubt following his encounter with God at the burning bush. He had no idea how this was going to work.
“But that’s the difference,” you may be thinking, “between Moses and me. At least Moses had a direct and audible leading from the Lord. I have no idea what God wants me to do!”
Good point. Well, almost. There’s a funny (but true!) quote that says,
“If you want to hear God speak, read your Bible. If you want to hear God speak audibly, read your Bible out loud.”
So here we go, let’s try it on this passage:
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people… This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 1,3-4)
Ok, so you probably didn’t actually read that out loud. Which means you just heard God speak internally to you. If you want to him audibly, you have to read it out loud. Let’s try this one more time with this one,
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
(Look, if you aren’t actually going to read it out loud, it’s no ones fault but your own that you’ve never heard God speak audibly to you…)
But did you catch what was just revealed to you in those two passages? God’s will for your life!
God’s will is for all to come to know him. And how does God accomplish his mission? Through ordinary people like you and me. Oh, and he also wants us to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful as well.
Now this is where it gets real. By now you know God can use you (he uses ordinary people to accomplish his mission), you even know why he would use you (to reach the people he has called you to reach), the last question is how?
This is part three of a four part series (part 1, part 2) looking at the question of whether or not God can use you. Tomorrow I’ll be posting about how God can actually use you. You can go back and read part 1 and part 2, or if is more convenient for you, you can go ahead download the whole series in PDF form here.