“This the day the Lord hath made let us rejoice and be glad in it”….are words from the psalmist I can’t seem to get away from this morning. What an awesome and wonderful God we have and one who wants us to know that he desires to use us in his eternal work. Wow! What a staggering thought….God using me! Say it aloud to you…”God wants to use me!” I got the job, I won the prize, I’m promoted to the highest level possible in life…serving God, because He choose me! Speaking of being chosen….
“Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body” (Romans 12:5 MSG).
We are going to give our lives for something. What will it be—a career, a sport, a hobby, fame, wealth? None of these will have lasting significance. Service is the pathway to real significance. It is through ministry that we discover the meaning of our lives. The Bible says, “Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body” (Romans 12:5 MSG).
As we serve together in God’s family, our lives take on eternal importance. Paul said, “I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less . . . because of what you are a part of” (1 Corinthians 12:14a, 19 MSG).
God wants to use you and me to make a difference in his world. He wants to work through us. What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived.
If you’re not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been using? Everyone of us are to be involved in serving God. Are you?
• Abraham was old,
• Jacob was insecure,
• Leah was unattractive,
• Joseph was abused,
• Moses stuttered,
• Gideon was poor,
• Samson was codependent,
• Rahab was immoral,
• David had an affair and all kinds of family problems,
• Elijah was suicidal,
• Jeremiah was depressed,
• Jonah was reluctant,
• Naomi was a widow,
• John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least,
• Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered,
• Martha worried a lot,
• The Samaritan woman had several failed marriages,
• Zacchaeus was unpopular,
• Thomas had doubts,
• Paul had poor health, and
• Timothy was timid.
That is quite a variety of misfits, but God used each of them in his service. He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.
Father we pray this morning that we will live our lives for you today. Help us to take advantage of every opportunity to say something, do something or stop something. We want to glorify you every day and we want to be sensitive to your leading. Help each of us to be aware of your presence and to not complain or make excuses, but to simply look to you and allow you to lead us along the path of righteousness, following the model and example of Jesus. Amen!