Okay, ladies. I know I’ve harped on those disciple guys in a few other posts, but I’m ECSTATIC about sharing what God’s laid on my heart today! After Jesus had been on earth for some time, He knew it was time to gather some helpers. These helpers wouldn’t be the kind of people you’d think. Wouldn’t the King of kings want great rulers and political giants to be His helpers? Wouldn’t He seek the richest of the rich to help His cause? Well you see, He can definitely use people like that, but Jesus sought out common hard-working men of His day. In particular, He called out a few poor fishermen to follow Him. (Remember my post about that a while ago? Check it HERE!)
Was this the COOL thing to do? (I’m sure they used the word “cool” back in Bible times) Probably not. Did associating with the fishermen give Jesus great social standing? Most likely, NO. But Jesus saw their hearts…their willingness to trust that He was who He said He was. I love what The Jesus Storybook Bible says… “Who would make good strong helpers, do you think? Clever ones? Rich ones? Strong, important ones? Some people might think so, but I’m sure by now you don’t need me to tell you they’d be wrong. Because the people God uses don’t have to know a lot of things—they just have to need Him a lot.”
DID YOU HEAR THAT LAST SENTENCE? Oh, sorry. Am I yelling? This excites me so much! “The people God uses don’t have to know a lot of things—they just have to need him a lot.” Holy smokes.
Back in high school I thought I pretty much had it together. Yeah, life wasn’t always beautiful, but I was living pretty well, had a great group of friends, and worked hard in school. Surely, God was using my “goodness” to minister to others. Right? I didn’t need to do anything but live my life in mere “good” mediocrity. I didn’t ever truly fall on my face in desperation, in need of true fellowship with my Creator until I was at the end of ME. It took some time, some challenging circumstances, and a whole lot of humbling. I could have only been used by the Lord when I allowed Him to shed the self-centered heart pounding within me.
I didn’t need to have all my stuff together to be used by Him. I didn’t need to have a bunch of money in a savings account to be used by Him. I didn’t need to be a person of high standing or great power to be used by Him. I needed to come to the end of ME. I needed to NEED Him…a lot.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?’” Matthew 16:24-26
When we live for us, we live in vain. We lose our soul, and we miss the point of our very existence. When Christ rules our hearts, we fall on our faces knowing we don’t deserve the unending grace He shows us. We come to the end of putting ourselves on pedestals and raising Christ high…where He belongs. We come to Him broken, knowing only He can restore us…only He can use us and put us back together. He saves our souls when we come to the end of us. Our lives matter when we know we are here for Jesus. We NEED Jesus. Use us, Jesus!