Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Are You Too Messed Up To Be Used By God?
Are you feeling "too messed up" to be used by God? Feeling like you never "measure up"? Well, that's a good place to be. God uses people like that the most! It's the prideful and the "I've got it all figured out" folks that are difficult to use.
"And He has said to me (and He says the same to YOU), 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.'" (2 Cor. 12:9)
Think about what God is really saying there. He is saying WHEN YOU ARE WEAK YOU ARE STRONG. When you feel strong and confident in yourself you are really weak. Your strength is to be found in Him alone. He works best in weakness and He uses those who are desperate for Him not independent of Him.
Our Creator doesn't choose the powerful and wise and perfect. He chooses the weak and the messed up so that they have nothing to boast about except Him!
"For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, 'Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'" (1 Cor. 1:26-31)
Thank the Lord that He chooses the foolish! Thank Him that it is only because of Christ Jesus that we have any wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption! He is able to take fallen men and women like you and I and turn us into men and women of God not because of our own doing but because of what He has done and can do.
He is able. Are you willing?
Oh that believers could be like Isaiah and say: “Here I am! Send me.” I love the section of scripture in Isaiah 6 where this quote comes from! First Isaiah sees the Lord, then he recognizes how unclean he is, next his guilt is taken away and his sin atoned for and he is able to say: "Send me."
That should be the process that takes place with every believer. We all must come to the end of ourselves, recognizing how unclean we are, look to Christ to remove our guilt and atone for our sin and then we are able to say: "Send me."
Don't wallow around in your guilt and shame. Don't whine and complain about all your weaknesses. Don't find your confidence or lack of confidence in your ability, personality or skills but find your confidence in God's ability to work in and through you.
If His work in our lives were dependent on us we would be in big trouble, but His work is always dependent on Him.
"...looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)
"God—not humanity—is always the Hero." -Preston Sprinkle
Thank God that you don't have to be the hero, you just have to be willing like Isaiah... David... Abraham... Paul...
Don't wait until you are "worthy" to be used. If you are in Christ, then you are already worthy.
Get over yourself and let God use you today!