07 February 2010

God Can Use Anyone

The next time someone says God can’t use someone just remember that:

Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a deceiver
Joseph was a slave
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson was a womaniser
Rahab was a prostitute
David had an affair and was a murderer
Solomon worshipped false idols
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jeremiah cried all the time
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Thomas was a doubter
Peter denied Christ three times
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman at the well slept with multiple men
The disciples fell asleep while praying
Paul persecuted Christians
Timothy was too young to do anything great

Moses stuttered
David's armour didn't fit
John Mark was rejected by Paul
Timothy had ulcers
Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning
Jacob was a liar
Solomon was too rich
Peter was afraid of death
Lazarus was dead
John was self-righteous
Paul was a murderer
Jonah ran from God
Miriam was a gossip
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal
Elijah burned out
Mary may have been lazy
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?

I find it amazing how normal, average and even difficult people could be used so powerfully by God in the Bible. Despite our frailties and weaknesses He sees us for our potential and not where we are right now.

He uses every season to prepare us for our greatest moments in life. He doesn't look at financial gain or loss. He's not prejudiced or partial, judgemental, unforgiving, deaf to our cries nor blind to our needs...

On the contrary we all have great strengths, amazing gifts, wonderful skills, unprecedented ideas and half a dozen talents. One of the laws of the universe is that if we are faithful with little more will naturally be given to us. Each of us has been created differently and uniquely to do incredible things to help, build, grow, strengthen and inspire those around us and our communities.

In a Biblical context, God has a habit of using everyday people to achieve great things beyond themselves. At the start of every project He always needs a chosen vessel to work through. Ezekiel said that God was seeking a man to stand in the gap. Do you understand how important you are to the work of God? He will not move without a vessel.

He will not pour out His spirit without a faucet for it to flow through - YOU are that faucet. God needs you and He needs me. Let’s get to work and do what He has called us to do. Lets be faithful with whats in our hands today and trust God to fix the details of our tomorrow. There is no time to lose…

1 comment:

  1. Amazing!!
    God's ways are beyond our wildest imaginations..