Game Changer

Snow treesDid you know that you could very well be the most prepared to serve in the church, or minister to others, when you feel completely ill equipped, unqualified, and incapable?  IT’S TRUE!  Why?  Because when we feel unable in our own strength to help others, we must rely completely on God’s love to pour in and through us, His wisdom to guide us, and His strength to accomplish His purposes!  This is where God desires the condition of our hearts to rest and this is when He can use us to fulfill our potential in Him!  He offers a front row seat to His incredible work, if all we offer is our willing heart, saying, “Here I am Lord, use me.”  Anything else we could offer on a human level in ability, strength, or self-righteousness just gets in the way of His purposes, majesty, and glory.

This world encourages us to boast of our education, abilities, talents and more.  We are taught to believe that our brag sheet somehow validates our existence and success… In Christ, it is a whole different ball game!  We can boast of our weakness, as Paul did in 2 Corinthians 2:19, so God’s power may rest on us!  God wants to use what we cannot do to show what He can do, so that He may be glorified through our lives.  WOW, right?  A concept so foreign to our way of thinking, yet such a beautiful invitation!  This doesn’t mean He won’t use our talents and gifts; on the contrary, He gave them to us and can use them magnificently.  Yet, oh the Glory when He takes the very thing we struggle in, or a weakness we bear, and by His grace and mercy makes us strong, heals us, and shows His love!  He graciously redeems the very things in our lives we thought were just irreparable junk to function as rich and victorious blessings.

So what are you waiting for?

So often I hear people say, “I am not ready to serve, I am not ready to lead, my life is a wreck, I have struggles, I sin.”  Honestly, I have said these words myself, many times.  We all do!  Fortunately for me, a girlfriend TOLD me nearly eight years ago that I would be leading a marriage Bible study with her.  I said, “I can’t, I am a mess, my marriage is a mess, I shouldn’t do it!”  She didn’t take “no” for an answer.  Instead, she told me that I would find great blessing for my marriage and myself in the obedience of surrendering it all to the Lord and trusting Him to use me how He desired.  She was right.  She knew I would learn from the Lord, from her marriage, and from being honest with God and myself about my shortcomings.  She led the group in the areas where I was struggling and encouraged me to facilitate the class in the areas where God was gaining victory.  The experience changed my life, my marriage, and my walk with the Lord.  Even more, I unexpectedly gained far more from the experience than I ever could have given.  His love, victory, healing, blessing, food for a hungry soul, rest, grace, and deep friendships are just a few of His many gifts that can come through serving.

So, what is God calling you to do?

Now, wait a second, don’t go down that fruitless, winding path of doubt.  Stay here for a minute and see what God may be saying to you!  Remember, with Him, no need is too small or too great, too simple or complex.  We also don’t need to have all the answers, we just need to trust that He does!  I love the verses in 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5, they say, “And so it was with me, brothers and sisters.  When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”  He is able!  He desires to walk with you, direct your paths, supply all your needs, and show you that He truly IS sufficient!

Yes, there is blessing in being fed the Word every Sunday morning.  It might seem simpler to let someone else teach, bake, greet, sing, encourage, pray, listen, or clean up… Yet God has so much more for us when we live out daily what we hear on Sunday!  When we take the step of faith and say, “Here I am Lord, please use me,” we actually open the doors to His presence in new and beautiful ways.  We become awestruck at the privilege of seeing Him provide resources and time so that hearts can be reached and transformed.  Our loving Father wants to give us the privilege of witnessing His goodness, and even allow us to be a conduit of it.  Some of the reasons why we serve are to give God glory, know Him more, witness His splendor in all the details, and love others as He first loved us.

So, just around the corner, Spring is nearing… honest!  And with it will come new growth, a new season of blooms and delectable fruit.  Wouldn’t it be beautiful to allow the Lord to tend the garden of your heart as well, so that it might grow, bloom and bear fruit in the same way?  Open it to Him today and say, “I am willing, Lord, use me!”  When we throw up our hands in this kind of worship and surrender, giving Him access to the entirety of our hearts, and let Him use us even in the simplest of ways, we can see and hear Him so much more clearly!  His love, compassion, and grace can flood in and show us that He is the Creator, Savior, and Redeemer of all things.  Imagine for a second that as you serve, even your greatest wounds can become a source of blessing and fruit in your life.  It is possible in Christ!  Let Him take ALL that you are, even the broken down or wounded parts, and begin to use it for your good according to His plan and purpose in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:28-29)… Because, Sister, He loves you!  I have seen Him do it again and again in my life and in the lives of others.  Now it is your turn!

Uh-oh, there is that nagging “I can’t” argument again, right?  Sister, win the battle in your mind with the Truth of “God can!”  Do you believe God is Who He says He is?  Do you trust Him to supply ALL your needs?  Do you want to see Him work?  Do you want to see others blessed, encouraged, and even saved? Then ask Him!  Pray and ask Him to give you the faith and obedience you need.  Ask Him for direction and a vision.  He loves to answer these prayers!  Listen to His voice and let Him set the limits of what He wants to do through your life.

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