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"Are You Useful?"
I believe we all like being useful. From the time we were little children we wanted to help.  We’d ask mommy if we could help with the dishes, and usually were told “No” for fear we would break something.  We’d ask daddy if we could help change the tire on the car, and were denied because we were too little.  But we wanted to help, because being helpful is in our DNA… and it’s certainly at the heart of our walk with God.
I think of all the things God has used over the centuries to advance His work.  Why would God take a murdering, excuse making exile and turn him into the deliverer of the Children of Israel?  But isn’t that what He did with Moses?
Why would God take a shepherd boy and use him to accomplish something that an army of men were too fearful to do?  When David came to camp, all he wanted to do was to be helpful, and with God’s help he defeated the giant.
When Jesus walked on earth, He performed scores of miracles, but none more impressive than when He healed a man who was blind.  Jesus, we are told, spit on the ground and made a handful of mud.  He took the mud and placed it on the man’s eyes, and the man’s sight was restored.
God encountered a persecutor of the New Testament church on the road to Damascus and called him to be the greatest missionary the church has ever seen.
Our God can take a small rock and turn it into a missile.  Our God can take a stick and turn it into a symbol of His power.  Our God can take spit and turn it into a miracle potion.  Our God can take people of questionable backgrounds and limited skills and use them to do extraordinary things.  That’s what our God can do!
But the ultimate question must be answered:
“Do you want to help?”
Do you want to let God use you to be a difference maker?

“…God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the strong.  God has chosen the world’s insignificant and despised things – the things viewed as nothing – so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence.”
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (HCSB)

 

 

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