Hmm. What kind of people does God use? Sometimes we become duped into believing that He only uses the “perfect” ones, the ones that have their act all together, or have flawless families.
Hello! Those people don’t exist!
Note that Jesus’s disciples included many fishermen, business owners, possible tradesmen, a zealot, and a tax collector. Each had his faults and issues.
In reading the book of Isaiah, I was surprised that God even used the idol-worshiping king of Assyria as a tool to punish His own people, Israel. God called Assyria “the rod of my anger” (Isaiah 10:5).
God has a work for all believers. Paul offers us this challenge. “Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58b).
When writing, I pray the Lord will guide me so that readers may be drawn closer to Him. But I also feel the need to remind myself that this is not for my glory. I do not deserve the credit. I am but a tool longing to be used by my Father in heaven. When I read something I’ve written in the past, many times I find myself thanking God for His inspiration because I know I am not that good!
In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah had a scribe/secretary named Baruch. The special message Baruch received from the LORD said, “Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not” (Jeremiah 45:5a).
Being used by God is an honorable and humbling experience. May we remember Paul’s quote from Jeremiah, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:31).
Do it all for the glory of God!