I started to think about the efforts that are expended in order to enlist soldiers to fight for the rights we enjoy of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have all seen some version of J. M. Flagg’s 1917 poster used to recruit soldiers for both World War I and II, which has become and iconic representation for our country. Just as our country desires to have soldiers to fight in the war for freedom, God also wants to have you and I fight in the war for the salvation of His people. My cousin used to call it the “God Squad” which always cracked me up…
But the truth is, when you serve God in ministry, you are going into battle! And God wants us to enlist and join the fight against the eternal enemy!
A common question people have is…”Can God really use me?” Many people struggle with feelings of inadequacy when an opportunity avails itself. The first thought that comes to mind when asked to become a part of a ministry is…”I am not equipped/capable to do that” or “I have never done that before, how could I possibly be of any use?” Let me tell you from experience, that is the furthest thing from the truth…and a lie from the enemy! God can use anyone…and I mean anyone! Within the pages of the Bible, there is story after story of ordinary men and women that were used to do the extraordinary! I was at a conference once when Jimmy Evans made this profound statement,
“God will turn your mess into a ministry!!!
And boy is that true for me! All my struggles and past failures have been used by God in so many different ways throughout the years to help people avoid making the same mistakes. I accepted Jesus as my savior in 1998, and if you told me then, all the things God was going to use me in, I would have just laughed uncontrollably in disbelief…but that solidifies the truth behind what Robert Morris once said,
“You don’t have to have great ability to serve God. He has all the ability and is simply looking for people of availability.”
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer,
Jacob was a liar,
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused,
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer,
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal,
Isaiah preached naked,
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
Peter denied Christ,
The Disciples fell asleep while praying,
Martha worried about everything,
The Samaritan woman was divorced more than once,
Zaccheus as too small,
Paul was too religious,
Timothy had an ulcer
… AND Lazarus was dead!
After reading that, you really have no excuse!! Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT) says…
I promise you, serving God will bless you MORE than those you are serving!! Think of yourself as a mentor, which is simply…
“Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.” – Unknown
I love this definition because it is so true…your hindsight is what helps provide guidance for others. If you feel unequipped, that’s normal, you just need a heart to serve others and a willingness to share your heart. I will close by repeating 1 Corinthians 1:28-29 (NLT) once more because it is just that important!
“God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”