Beyond Sunday – Unexpected: Through Anyone

jeffsanford —  December 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you imagine God would do His work THROUGH YOU?

If you’re like me, anytime I even think about God working through me, I begin to list all the reasons why God would never want to use me.  I mean, I’ve followed Christ for years, but I still hesitate at times to believe that God would want to use me.  I rehearse the many sins of my past and my present that I think disqualify me.  I list all of the skills and abilities that I don’t have that prevent me from being used by God.  I list all of the activities that are currently on my calendar that keep me too busy to do whatever God would want me to do.  I think of the Bible “superheroes” who all seemed to have incredible amounts of faith and participated in miracles, and I begin to convince myself that I just don’t have what it takes to be used by God.

But I also know that the most incredible thing about the people I read about in the Bible is not necessarily the people themselves.  As you probably already know, Abraham was a liar, David was an adulterer and murderer, Noah was a drunkard, and Moses was a coward.  All of these guys had a past that, like you and me, would lead us to believe that God could never use them.  However, the Bible is not a storybook full of superheroes.  Rather, it is full of stories of God’s redemptive work in the lives of sinners like you and me.

So as I look back on all my excuses for why God could never use me, I notice that the problem with my excuses is that they all depend on me.  I think that’s where most of us get off track.  You see, God hasn’t called us to show others how awesome we are but rather to humble ourselves and show others how awesome He is.  So let’s not worry about whether or not our lives look perfect, because Jesus is the only superhero here.  He’s done for us what none of us could do for ourselves.  Our job is to recognize our complete dependence upon Him and come to Him with a heart that is willing to do whatever He nudges us to do.  Whatever!

So maybe God isn’t asking you to slay any giants today.  Maybe He’s not asking you raise your arm and part any seas.  But maybe He is simply asking you to open yourself up to a conversation with the homeless man that you pass every day on your way to work.  Maybe He’s asking you to buy a few Christmas presents for the neighbor who you know lost his job.  Maybe He’s asking you to shovel the driveway for the single mother who’s always on the go.  Maybe He simply wants you to seek Him and find that one passion that He uses to make a difference in this world.  You don’t have to save the world.  You can’t save the world.  However, you could start by doing for one person what you wish you could for everyone.  Maybe, though unexpected, God may just work through you.  Won’t you at least consider the possibilities?

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