Friday, March 15, 2013

Word of the Day... March 15, 2013

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

We are all so busy with our lives, working and taking care of our family.  As Christians, we are called to serve and as such have all been in a situation where we've been asked by other churchgoers to help in Children’s Ministry, usher new members, cook for the homeless,  bake for fundraising or to go out and share the Gospel with others. It's so easy to just tell them "no" that you don't have the time.  Let's face it, serving is not a convenience and we are about convenience in this world we live in.  It's too easy to come up with excuses as to why we can't serve, why we're too busy to do the work of Jesus.

I have to admit that I had an excuse for everything.  I have no patience, I have a very bad temper, or I am not physically well right now.   Whether it's due to a lack of motivation to help or insecurities about whether you'd even be good enough to serve, it's all too easy to brush it off and say that God can't use you or that you don't have the time to serve.  Yet God can use us all, regardless of our shortcomings.  Consider the people in the Bible who God used.  Noah was a drunk, Abraham was way too old, Issac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Rahab was a prostitute, Samson was a womanizer, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David had an affair and was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, Martha worried about everything, Peter denied Jesus Christ, the Samaritan woman was divorced, the Disciples fell asleep while praying, Zaccheus was too small, Timothy had an ulcer, Paul was too religious and Lazarus was dead. 

It took me getting lung cancer to find out that I could make the time for Jesus. And even better than that, He uses me.  I have no special skills or qualifications, no unique talent...   I am not a pastor.  I am no different than any of the people that the Lord used in the Bible.  I am just a person who is open to Jesus. I have to tell you that I have never been so blessed in my whole life! 

I just have to share this because if you aren’t allowing the Lord to work through you, you are truly missing out on HUGE blessings!!!  Jesus doesn't care if you don’t have a “pastoral degree" or if you can’t speak well in public.  He doesn't care if you are divorced, or had a past that was shameful.  He is so much bigger than any excuse that you can come up with.  His specialty is taking people who are broken, bruised, guilty, soiled and miserable and turning them into whole human beings.  Who by His grace are forgiven and useful again.

So the next time you feel the Holy Spirit telling you to do something, listen to Him.  Don't let the stresses or insecurities of this world keep you from following God's Word. God is large and in charge.  His perspective is much broader than anything we have.  When He sees us, He sees a new creation in Christ Jesus!!!  So listen to Him and obey Him.  When God gives us a job to do He gives us everything that we need to complete it.  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!


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