Have you ever put off signing up to volunteer in your church or lead a small group because you don’t feel qualified? Does the thought of sharing your faith with others paralyze you because you don’t feel knowledgeable enough to answer people’s questions? Do you have trouble silencing the voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough to be used by God? I have good news, friend. God can use us wherever we are at. He uses common, imperfect, weak people, just like you and I, to carry out His plans here on Earth. Don’t believe me?
God Uses Ordinary, Everyday People
Take Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ parents, for example. They were as ordinary as ordinary could be. They lived in a small town, had no wealth, and were not highly regarded people, but their willing and faithful hearts are what mattered to God. And that’s why He chose them. He knew they would be faithful and would carry out His plan. God doesn’t care about our stature, bank account, or number of certifications behind our name. He cares about a heart that desires to serve Him. Those are the types of people He will use to further His kingdom. Ask yourself, do I have a willing heart to serve the Lord?
We Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Used By God
Take Paul for example. He hated Christians, and persecuted them relentlessly. Until, that is, he turned to Jesus, accepted Him as his Lord and Savior, and spent the rest of his life preaching the gospel and writing many books of the Bible until he was martyred for his faith. God used Paul in MIGHTY ways, even though he had spent much of his life hating Christians prior to following the Lord.
Still think you aren’t “good enough” to be used by God? Think about King David. He slept with one of his soldier’s wives, Bathsheba. Then, to try to cover up his sin, he sent her husband to the front lines of action to be killed. And his plan succeeded. God knew this would happen before He chose David to be king.
God uses sinners, because we are ALL sinners, and that’s why we need Jesus in the first place! God isn’t going to wait to find somebody perfect to carry out His plans on earth, because He wouldn’t be able to find anybody perfect. Not even one.
God Strengthens Us In Our Weakness
‘But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
We don’t have to worry about the areas where we are weak because we can have confidence the Lord will strengthen us. For example, I would not say I am very gifted at sharing the gospel. To some, it comes naturally, and to others, like myself, it does not. However, I have had instances where I’ve been sharing the gospel and I know the Holy Spirit was giving me the words to say. By the time I finished speaking, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what exactly I said but I know when I was speaking the words came to me.
A friend of mine shared a similar instance with me recently. She had the opportunity to share the gospel with a woman one evening. She told me she also doesn’t feel she is gifted at sharing the gospel or very knowledgeable about Bible verses that back up questions people might ask pertaining to the gospel. However, when she shared the gospel with the woman, she was able to quote scripture and cite where it was from even though she hadn’t previously memorized it. HOW COOL IS THAT?!
Whatever you feel your weakness is, don’t allow it to hinder you from living for God. He is bigger and more powerful than any fear or weakness you may have.
How Can God Use Me?
So, now the big question is, How can God use me?
And that is between Him and you! He might place something on your heart that you can respond to, or it might be as simple as signing up to volunteer at your church with something you feel you could be helpful with. For example, working in the nursery, leading a Bible study, being a morning greeter as people come to church, serving as a youth leader, being an usher for the offering, the list goes on! And those are just examples within your church. God can use you in the workplace, at the grocery store, at the gym, at a family gathering, honestly wherever, whenever!
If you are feeling lost and stuck at, “How can God use me?”, simply pray and ask Him! If it’s His will for you, He won’t refrain it from you. My wise mother once told me, “It’s not our job to find out the Lord’s will for our lives. He will make known to us what He has for us.” But you might be thinking, “How do I know if it’s God’s calling or my own thoughts?”.
The best advice I can give you is this:
If it doesn’t line up with the Bible and His word, it’s not from the Lord. For example, if I all the sudden got the strong feeling that I should go steal from the store, I would know it was not actually from God because the Bible says it is wrong to steal. That’s a silly example, but you get the idea.
YOU ARE GOD’S BELOVED
Ultimately, if you get nothing else from this post, I hope you know that despite what you may feel about yourself, you are God’s treasured creation. His beloved. And He desires nothing more than a relationship with you. And as that relationship with Him grows, your desire to serve Him and His purpose for your life will unfold. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below if you have anything you’d like to share or add! And as always, thanks for reading and sharing your time with me. 🙂
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