Now, before you criticize my title “Christians Are Good For Nothing” consider these Scriptures. “I have nothing to glory of…” (I Tim. 7:7). “I am nothing” (Gal. 6:3). “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). This simply means when you become nothing, then God can make you something. God can create some thing from nothing. Nothing is a big fat zero. One or one hundred zeros are still zero. Nothing is nada, zilch, none, or no-thing. Nothing does not exist. If you have ten or ten thousand nothings it is still nothing. God is looking for a nobody to tell everybody about somebody (Phil. 4:13). Will you become a nobody? It seems success spoils more people than failure does.
A good Christian should shun vain compliments that rob God of His glory. When you are complimented a simple “thank you” is sufficient. Then look up and “thank Him.” Realize that the best of man is still only a man. You should pause and think where or what you might have been if God had not saved you? I jokingly say, “Pastors are paid for being good, but deacons are good for nothing” (smile). All Christians should seek be good for nothing so they can become something for God.
Learn to let go of your ego. Remember flattery is a tool to manipulate you. The person who flatters you is usually the same person who later criticizes you. Remember, the way up is down. Pride goes before a fall. I heard Dr. Harold Sightler say, “God is a glorified junk dealer. He takes something that is worthless and makes it usable for His service.” God transforms worthless lives and remakes them for His glory (2 Cor. 5:17). The devil cannot make you sin, and God cannot make you serve. You must present yourself unto the Lord and let Him transform you (Rom. 12:1-2).
The world conforms, but the Word transforms. Become a glove that the Hand of God can fit into. Do not seek praises of man, but seek pleasures of God (Gal.1:10). Without love, I am nothing (1 Cor. 13:3). Humility is not a role to play or pretend, but a life to live. D.L Moody said, “God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” It is amazing how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Salvation is what God did for you, and service is what you do for Him. You must choose to be a servant. As Isaiah say, “Here am I, send me” (Isa. 6:8). Daily say, “Lord, I am thy servant. Use me” (Psa. 143:12). We are thankful and grateful for all things we have in Christ (Rom. 11:36). So, let’s seek to be Christians who are good for nothing.