(Condensed from SWM Pamphlet SP20)
Why does God use one person but not another? What makes the difference? The answer is in Hebrews chapter eleven. “By faith” Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and many others followed God. By faith means you believe He is God and you will obey and follow Him. Most of the people God used in the Bible were not prophets, preachers or missionaries. God does not call everyone to preach, but God can use everyone. Everyone includes you, you and YOU. Do you desire for the Lord to use you? If so, you can be a person God uses.
Who God Uses. “But now hath God set (placed) the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him” (1 Cor.12:18). At salvation, God places you in the body (ministry) “as it hath pleased Him,” not you! A piece in a puzzle will only fit into the right place. You are placed in the body of Christ at the time of your salvation. God places you in a position to serve Him. A servant does not have the right to pick his position or place. You need to find the place where you belong. God will use you within your gifts and abilities. God will use you if you are willing to obey and follow Him. Who does God use? God will use you when you desire to be used. You must volunteer and be willing to accept your place that God has given you. Who does God use? God can use you!
What God Uses. “If there first be a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath (can do), and not according to that he hath not (cannot do)” (2 Cor. 8:12). God uses your personal gifts, abilities and personality. Each person is different. You can increase your abilities for service. Example: Dorcas – needle. Noah – carpenter. David – slingshot. What abilities do you have? List them! There are many things you cannot do, but God only wants you to do what you can. Some can sing and others cannot. God uses what you have. God uses your gifts, abilities and talents. Are you willing to do what you can?
Where God Uses You. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart (not head); and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). As you go in the will of God, you will know the ways of God. When you stop going – you will stop knowing! As you go, you simply do the will and work of God. Beware! God will let you know when you go astray. God will use you wherever you go. Trust in the Lord.
When God Uses You. “I beseech you therefore…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice… And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove …that good…acceptable…perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2). After you are saved, you need to present yourself to the Lord for Him to use you. God wants you more than anything you have. Note: God does not use a person who is conformed to this world, but God uses a person who is transformed by the Word. Is there anything between you and God? Confess it and God will forgive and cleanse you (1 John 1:9). God gives new beginnings. God will use you when you present yourself to Him for service.
Why God Uses You. “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned…” (2 Tim. 3:14). The Lord’s first words to His disciples were, “Follow Me.” Follow means a lifetime commitment, not just a few months. Follow involves forsaking. The disciples forsook family, nets, boats and plans to follow the Lord. The Lord said, “Follow me, and I will make you….” As you follow Him, He will make you.
Paul started his ministry saying, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). He then finished his God-given course and calling (2 Tim. 4:7). If you have a desire for God to use you, as Paul, say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” As David said, “Lord, “I am thy servant” – use me (Psa. 143:12). Then make a lifetime commitment to follow the Lord and be a servant God uses.
[ ] “Yes, I desire for God to use me. I will follow and obey Him.Lord, I am thy servant – Use me for thy glory! – Amen.”
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