How can God use ME?
We are often told the lie that God cannot use us. That we are too wicked, that we have sinned too much, that we don’t know enough or that God is not interested in someone like us.
These lies are just that, LIES.
Instead of the question, how can God use ME?
We should be asking the question, how CAN God use me?
As far as believing that we are too wicked or we’ve sinned too much, the Bible tells us in several places that we are all sinners, we have all fallen short and missed the mark and when the Bible uses the word “ALL” it means ALL. Even the greats of the Bible messed up.
- Moses killed an Egyptian and got angry with God’s people when God was not angry.
- David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then arranged to have her husband killed to cover it up.
- Peter was hot headed and denied he even knew Jesus.
- Paul was at least complicit in the death of believers and worked to stop the early church from growing.
And there are many others in the Bible who, if you just looked at the mistakes they made, you wouldn’t think that God could use them. But He did use them.
What makes you think God looks at you any differently?
You were created in His image, just like those in the Bible.
You have the ability to choose to follow God or not, just as they did.
Most of all, you have the forgiveness of Jesus in your heart if you have believed and accepted what He did for you on the cross.
If you have Jesus, you know enough to be used by God.
God can use anyone, even an unbeliever to accomplish His will. I have had people who don’t believe give me a word of advice that I am sure was given them by God to help direct my path.
God used unbelievers in the Bible to do His will, even though they didn’t know it. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to show him God’s power. Caesar Augustus had no idea that his decree that everyone should be taxes would force Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem and thus fulfill the Old Testament prophesy that the Messiah would be born there.
An unbeliever may not realize it, but God is directing their path. He is moving them toward a greater knowledge of Himself, if only they would see it. Sadly many will never open their eyes to see what God is doing all around them.
As a believer never think that you don’t know enough to be used by God.
Even a baby Christian can invite an unbeliever to church or give them a Bible to read.
Even if you have never memorized a single verse of the Bible, you can still be used by God to show kindness to someone. By showing kindness, you will be showing the Love of Christ to them. You will be Christ to them.
Even in our weakness, we can be used by God.
You might be in a hospital bed and still be use to speak a word to a nurse or the patient next to you. You could give a card from your church to your waiter at a restaurant the next time you’re out for dinner. If you see someone struggling with heavy bags, you could offer to help them.
Even if you can’t go on a mission trip, you could give money to those who are going or help them raise funds in some way.
Anyone can be used by God, even if all they do is pray. Holding those around you up in prayer is and can be a powerful thing.
There are countless ways you can be used by God, even if you aren’t a Bible scholar.
If you think God is not interested in you, think again.
He sent His Son to die for YOU.
He maybe the God of the Universe, the creator of all things, but He is also the God who sent His Son to you so that you might have eternal life with Him. He is the God who kept you safe in the storm and stood by you when you fell. He is the God who brings the rain to wash away the dirt in your life. He is the God who loves you more than you can know.
Can you be used by God? How can He NOT use you!
The next question is how can God use you?
I have already answered that in the small things you can do, even if you don’t think you know enough.
One thing you will find is that as you grow in Christ and learn more of what He has to teach you, He will give you opportunities to serve Him. Doors will open up that weren’t there before and suddenly you’ll have the desire to walk through them.
We all have talents that God has placed in us that He can make use of. Cooking, baking, cleaning, repairing things, playing an instrument, singing or speaking can all be of use to Him and to others.
As you continue to grow in a greater knowledge of the Lord, you will find more and more doors opening for you to do work you never would have thought you could do. God will take you as far as you are able or want to go with Him. Sometimes He will put something on your heart to do that is beyond your comfort zone, as when He put it upon my wife’s heart to do prison ministry or to go on a short term mission trip to build a house in Uganda.
God will try and stretch you, to help you to grow closer to Him and to do the work that He has for you. He will do things to teach you and to prepare you for what is coming.
God’s hand may be reaching out to you right now. Take it and let Him lead you where He wants you to go. If you don’t take His hand, it doesn’t mean He will stop trying to reach you, but it does mean you will be missing out on something that will not only bless you, but bless others as well.
You can be used by God and used in so many different ways.
It all starts by taking His hand and saying, “Yes Lord, what do you want me to do?”
The more you take the hand that God is offering to you, the more you follow the leading He has placed in your heart, the more you will want to do and go where He is taking you. The more you help others the more you will want to help others. The more you learn about God, the more you will want to learn about Him.
As you grow in Christ you will find more and more that you have developed and are developing a personal relationship with Him. Soon He will not just be a God who is “Out there somewhere” but a God who is living inside you and wants you to know Him as much as He knows you.
How do you come to know God more, so that you can be used by Him more?
Start at your local Church and find a Bible study to join. If that is not convenient there are many resources online that can help you learn about God and the Bible. One I found that helped me a great deal is through the teachings of Jon Courson and his website joncourson.com. You can study with Jon all through the Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book and do all for free. There is no charge to listen.
The point is, if you want to learn more about God and the Bible, there is no reason you cannot start right now.
If you want to be used by God, there is no reason you can’t start right now.
Giving a drink of water to a thirsty man is being used by God.
When you visit someone who is shut in, you are being used by God.
If you help your neighbor with anything that they need, you are being use by God.
When you speak a work of encouragement to someone in need, or give them a shoulder to lean on, you are being used by God.
If you just keep your eyes open to what God might put in front of you to do, you will find lots of ways He will use you.
We can be pleasing to God in the small things we do as well as the big things He puts on our hearts to do, so don’t think you can’t be used by God, because you can.
As I said before it all starts with opening your heart to Him and saying, “Yes Lord, here am I, what do you want me to do today?”
He is opening His hand to you right now, take it and see where He will lead you.