I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. In the Bible, God has a habit of using the lowest of the low in society to do great things for the Kingdom. Since God doesn’t do anything by accident, we should pay attention. While we are all undeserving of His grace, He loves each and every one of us. God can do a lot with a little.
I’ve heard women come to me and say, “God can’t use me” or “I couldn’t bring anything beneficial to the Kingdom of God” or “I’ve done too many bad things for God to care about me.” Those statements break my heart because they are so far from what Jesus demonstrated in the Bible. God can and will use anyone and everyone for His glory, no matter our past.
Here are five ways the Lord can use us, if we allow Him to do so.
1. Talents and Abilities
I know what some of you are thinking. “I’m not very talented.” I beg to differ! Everyone is good at something. Can you sing every Taylor Swift song by memory? Can you recite all the names of the bachelors on the Bachelorette? See? You are talented. Whether it is memorizing Scripture to use in a Gospel presentation, coaching soccer at church sports camp, or hosting ladies Bible study at your house, we all can bring something to the table.
I enjoy cooking, so baking jalapeño and cream cheese bacon-wrapped dove breasts was the perfect opportunity for me to serve at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Game Banquet.
Who do you know? What things do you have? God can use these connections for His glory. Donate your little girls’ clothes to a family in need. Cash in a favor from a friend to help the youth get to camp. Whatever the case, God can use the people and things in our lives to aid in His work.
We often get upset when rich people don’t give, but do we? In my post last week, I referenced the Biblical view on stewardship of money. We are simply giving back part of what was God’s to begin with (Malachi 3:6-12).
Despite how much money or resources you have, something we all have is time. Sometimes just being present and available to help when help is needed is a way God can use us. This can be said for events at the church, but also in regards to a friend or family member. Allowing a friend five minutes of your time when they are having a bad day can often lead to a Gospel conversation.
God tells us to have the faith of a mustard seed. With just the faith of a small seed, the Lord can work wonders.
“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
God takes what we have and makes it amazing, He allows us to be agents of His blessings, and He wants us to be a part of His plan. I pray that we would allow Him to work in and through us, and for us to let Him use our time on earth to be of glory to the One who matters most.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)