God Wants To Use You!
By: Kristen L. McNulty
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I don't care who you are, how much education you have, how knowledable of the Bible you are, how shy you can be or how unprepared you feel- God can and will use you to further His kingdom. God isn't looking for super spiritual Christians or those who seem to have it all together, He wants to use you!
I know that in reality it is hard to comprehend, especially when it seems like everything around us is saying the exact opposite, but the truth is God wants to use you now, wherever you are.
We didn't become Christians in order to just sit on the bench and be a cheerleader, God wants every one of us in the game. If you are listening to this right now, I can guarentee that it is true for you because if God didn't have something for you to do, you would already be in heaven.
Today I know that there are some people listening who are thinking, "Kristen, you have absolutely no clue. God cannot use me because of my shyness of my lack of abilities or family circumstances or __________ fill in the blank." If that's you that I just described, let me say that I'm not here to condemn you. I can completely understand because I've had those that's many times myself. If there's anyone out there who isn't suited to serve God on their own, you're talking about me. I come from a divorced family, I've never been to Bible school, on the best of days I'm broke, I'm not popular, I can be extremely shy, I have doubts, I can't sing or play any instruments, I'm unsure of myself, and yet God uses me.
And if you were to talk to most Christians out there who are serving God, I bet they would tell you the same thing: that on their own they are inadequate to serve God but as soon as they stepped out and started serving those inadequacies no long mattered because it was then that God stepped in and gave them more strength than they needed to cover for their weaknesses.
As God told Paul and says to each and every one of us "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness."
You see, God could use those who feel confident in their abilities, but many times He doesn't so that His power can be seen and then there is no way we can let pride seep in because it really isn't use doing the job.
So no matter where you are today, let me encourage you to not be afraid to let God use you. There is nothing that serves as a better faith builder than to allow God to move through you and that is the only way the world will come to know Him.
In closing I'd like to read an interesting piece that was printed on the back of HM Magazine: "David was the youngest son of a shepherd, but he became the greatest king of Israel. Paul ardently persecuted the early church, but he became the one who would spread the Gospel to the Gentiles. Mary was an ordinary teenage girl who became the mother of the Messiah. There are times in our lives when things seem almost hopeless' but God wants to use us all for great purposes. He does not look at our current condition, but at what we have the potential to become. We should view others and ourselves in the same way...We should try to view all things with the faith and hope that God can and will transform us into the people He wants us to be."
This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.