Have you asked yourself; can I be used by God? If you have, you’re not alone. The truth is, we usually don’t doubt that God can use people; we just doubt if God can use us!
As we watched every area of our life fall apart, we often wondered this ourselves. We thought how can we be successful in our business if our business is currently suffering? How can we affect someone’s marriage, if we can barely stand each other. The enemy will even fill our mind with doubts, wondering; how can we encourage others to see God? Especially, when we can’t even see God in our own life?
God Will Use The Weak
We know we are not the only ones who have asked ourselves those questions. However, God will use the weak to shame the wise.
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise,
and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”
~ 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)
Unfortunately, too many of us are embarrassed to share what we’re going through with others. Not wanting others to know our business or want to hear what others have to say about how we live our life, we choose to be silent.
We don’t even bother to share with our own brothers and sisters in Christ what we’re going through. The very same people whose calling through Christ is to love, encourage and strengthen each other. But out of pride, shame, and fear, we fake the funk.
When people ask us how we’re doing, we talk Christianize and say things like, we’re blessed and highly favored. Yet, we’re actually hurting, or have relationships that need to be restored.
Godly Counsel Changes Things
We needed godly counsel to check our pride and turn us back to God’s Word. Therefore, we sought godly help to walk out our journey of life in a manner that honors God, and each other. As a result, that’s when we saw a true change in our marriage.
Through that guidance, we learned that they were real people. As they experienced some of the same things we were going through. They shared with us how God changed their marriage, their business, their finances and how God used them in ministry.
That sounded good. We never thought God would do the same for us. There was too much “wrong” going on in our lives, for God to use us. But, as we continued to read His word, we started to understand how many of the things we go through are in most cases not for us, but for the development of others.If we don’t share our testimony, how will others be strengthened in their faith?
God Uses All of Us
Think about how God used. David had an affair. Moses stuttered. Jonah ran from God. Noah drank. Martha worried. Paul murdered. Gideon was insecure. Sara who was inpatient. Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead.
If He can use them, He can use us! Since we know that God is no respecter of persons, we also know that He will turn your mess into a message, and your test into a testimony.
It comes down to this… the question isn’t: Can God use me? The question is; am I ready to be used?
~ André and Timberley Gray