Sunday, March 22, 2009

Here I am Lord, use me

They say with age comes wisdom and sometimes that is true. There are a couple of things I have learned for sure. Number one: Never pray for patience unless you are willing to let God teach you. Patience is not given, it is learned-the hard way (but that's a blog for another time, lol). Number two: Don't say, "here I am Lord, use me", unless you really really mean it. Because He will! He will send you places you've never gone before, and have you doing things you've never done before. Not against your will, God would never do that but you gave Him the go ahead when you said, "here I am Lord, use me".

Were you ever somewhere, (school, church, work, etc.), when they asked for volunteers? Maybe it meant extra points on a grade, or a chance to help out at church, or extra money at work, so you volunteer. You get picked, only to find out all they needed was someone to pick up all the smelly gym shoes or clean the bathrooms and no one else volunteered!! Then, later, because you were the only one that volunteered the first time, they didn't ask for volunteers the second time around, they just came right to you and gave you the task. Not only would no one else volunteer, no one else wanted to do those nasty jobs, so the teacher, or your pastor, or your boss picked you because you were so willing the last time. Sometimes it seems that way with God. You say, "here I am Lord, use me", and He has you picking up trash at the church -or- cleaning the bathrooms, or sends you to talk to your worst nemesis. You stop and ask, why me God? Can't you send someone else, I want to do something BIG for You, I want to be a light for you. What can any of us do that is greater than He who gave His very life to save us? The next time you are asked to clean the bathrooms or some other unglorified task remember that Jesus washed the feet of His disciples! Read John 13:14-16, 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

What we fail to realize many times is, there are lots of little ways God can and will use us if we just let Him. You can't put a limit on God, you can't put conditions on Him. He asks us to be faithful in the small things. Those supposed menial tasks aren't menial at all when you are promoting God's work and His word. The battle is waged and we each need to do our part to be prepared. We don't know God's plan or intention when He uses us, but He does. He can already see the outcome, He knows He picked just the right person to do the job. Sad to say, many won't do those little tasks that God sets before them and because of their rebelliousness He doesn't use them in the bigger things and they wonder why. Read the parable in Matthew 25 about the Master who gave his servants talents (money) to see what they would do with it. It also says in verse 15 that he gave to each according to the several ability, meaning he gave them what he thought they could handle. That is what the Lord does, he gives to us what He knows we are capable of doing. There is much to do being about God's business, many little things as well as big to be done in God's name. To be an active child of God you must proclaim Jesus as the Son of God, you must be willing to follow as well as lead, be a good "servant". At the end of the day we want to hear God say, Matthew 25: 21 ".........Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord". If God asks, you must be willing to be used of God and willing to say, "here I am Lord, use me", and mean it.
God bless and keep you