Most people desire to be used by God. I know I do! It’s truly a fantastic thing for the Creator of the universe to use His creation. It brings a sense of accomplishment to know that the Father has used us. However, if we’re not mindful, it can cause us to walk in a certain level of pride. I know from experience that when you recognize that God has used you if you’re not careful, it can have you looking down on others as if you’re somehow superior. But I love my Father because only He can show you who you are and remind you that you’re not all that lol. James 4:6- But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift]of grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].”
The Father desires to use us. We are instrumental in carrying out the plan of God on the earth. However, in the process of being used, He desires spiritual growth. He wants to develop our character! He desires to know us more intimately. Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Ask yourself, what are the mental and moral attributes unique to me? In Ephesians 5:8-12 (AMP) Paul inspired by the Spirit of God, pens the following text. “For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of the Light [live as those who were native-born to the Light] (for the fruit [the effect, the result]of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is acceptable to Him- your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation]. Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character]; for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret.” We never want to be in a place where we are comfortable with speaking, praying, prophesying on God’s behalf, but are not allowing the Spirit of God to expose and deal with the areas in our lives that are not in subjection and obedience to the Father. 1 Corinthians 9:26 “Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing] But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service]. It is imperative that we consistently yield and allow the Father to deal with those areas in our lives that we hold dear to us and don’t want to let Him near. I get it! It can be a harrowing experience to open up those wounds and confront the “man/woman in the mirror,” but as we study and meditate on the word, the Father will begin to uproot old mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors. James 1:23- “For if anyone only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at this natural face in a mirror, for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like. But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience]. Let’s purpose to know God intimately (become closely acquainted; familiar, close). God wants to use us, but most importantly, we have to let God transform us. The Father is not asking for perfection! He desires to use us even with all of our imperfections. But we can’t stop there! We must strive to be more like Him!
Father, we come to you in the name of your precious Son, Jesus. We ask you to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Father empower us to live a life that is pleasing to you. Help us to allow You to deal with the painful areas in our lives so that we can mature and grow. Father, we thank you for using us to carry out Your will on the earth. We know that we can do no-thing apart from you. We thank You for loving us before we loved You. Help us to show your love to this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.