Wednesday, 24 April 2013

What can God do through you?

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question “Why would God want to use me?” To be honest with you, I was completely unable to think of any reason in my own case! It never ceases to amaze me What a privilege it is to be used by the Lord to witness, to pray for someone who is sick, with someone in a desperate situation or to lead someone to Christ. What an undeserved honour!

Amazingly, God chooses to accomplish His divine will through men and women like you and me. He does this in many ways and it is an exciting experience when you make yourself available to God to be a vessel for the Master’s use.

Another consideration in regards to this is His timing, which is perfect. There will occasions when He will use you to speak ‘a word in season’ to someone who is in difficulty, or is away from God, or to pray for a person who is sick. God can also prompt you to give, perhaps of your time or even financially to a ministry that is reaching the lost with the Gospel. Whenever you do what God has led you to do, will always of value.

Sometimes the way that He chooses to work through you may be unusual or it can even seem insignificant. I would even go so far as to say that sometimes we may even be unaware of how He is working through us.

“As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, The Lord needs it.” Luke 19: 29-31

Reading the scripture above must mean that the Lord organised for the man with the colt to be in a certain place, at a specific time, with the colt. In fact the timing of this must have been right down to the second. This man was available to be used by God so that the Lord was able to make His entry into Jerusalem. He isn’t mentioned at all by name, but his obedience and availability is remembered by Christians every year on Palm Sunday.

The question for you today is, what does God want to accomplish through you?

One thing is certain - that He has a plan for your life to give you a hope and a future. Also part of that plan will involve you being ready, willing and available for Him to call upon. No, not someone else, but you!

Key Point: It is often used as a cliché, but the saying is true. “It’s not about your ability but rather it is about your availability.”

These blogs are all about how we can win the lost to Christ in an ever-changing world. There are many things that you can get actively involved in that don’t involve preaching on the streets or doing radical evangelism. You may feel called to that type of witnessing, but there are many other ways that you can help that are proven to be effective. Here are just a few:

What can you do?

Pray: You can pray of course - for your own family, friends and for people that you know are in need in your community. If your church has an evangelistic ministry you could pray for them. They need it because they are on the front line. We are in a battle with an enemy that does not want to lose. We have to be intentional in prayer and do battle with the kingdom of darkness.

"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” Matthew 11: 12

Witness: You can make yourself available to God to witness for Christ. If you ask the Lord to provide you with opportunities to witness, you will soon find yourself bumping into people who are ready to hear the message. As the saying goes, “When you pray coincidences happen. When you don’t pray, they don’t happen.” God will equip you and empower you do it. Step out in faith and say to God, “Here I am send me!” Sending you could mean speaking to neighbour next door. Oh, and the Holy Spirit will go with you. Wow!

Get involved in compassion ministries: This is a fantastic way of reaching people in need.  Acts of kindness break down all kinds of barriers. Feeding and helping the poor, helping the aged, working with the homeless, refugees, working with groups and individuals who have special needs, all open the door for the Gospel. These are ways to show the love of Jesus in your community. 

Give: You can give to evangelistic teams or organisations that “Go” with the message of salvation. That can be in your own country or overseas. As I write this we are in the process of finalising a missions trip to Russia where I will visit four cities sharing my testimony “A Fall From The Top” and much of the cost of this has so far been met by people with a heart to give. In my mind they are just as important as those people who actually preach and lead people to Christ. Without them the vision for mission wouldn’t happen.

What can God do through you?