Devotional

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”  – 2 Chronicles 16:9.

The story of one of the many people who questioned why or how God could use them is also one of the greatest. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she’d be pregnant and give birth to the Son of God, “Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” (Luke 1:34) The angel responded to her and said: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37, NASB) The Bible is full of other examples of God doing improbable things through improbable people. 

The question for each of us today is: Do you believe that God can do improbable things through you? The Apostle Paul did. He prayed: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)

If we take some of the people from the Bible off their pedestal for a few seconds, we can quickly see they were ordinary, regular people that God did extraordinary things through. We can read about God working through the lives of Joseph, Moses, David, Paul, Peter and many others. But that was then and this is now. Can I really expect God to do something like that through me? We live in a different time. God still does the extraordinary through ordinary people. 

God is looking to begin and finish His work through ordinary people who are completely committed to Him. He is looking for people whose belief turns into a willingness. God is looking for people who will step out and be His hands and feet to a lost world. There may be times when we step out of our comfort zone. There may be times when God asks us to do something that make us uncomfortable and unconfident. But God is not looking for us to be comfortable or our commitment to Him to become mundane. God wants us to step out into the unknown and let Him guide our steps.

God doesn’t need us to complete His mission. Yet, God lovingly engages us, often to deepen our devotion, dependence, and faith in Him. Our relationship with Him isn’t about achievements and goals, but it’s about love and obedience.

At this time of year, we are in the middle of the NBA playoffs. Every basketball player works to be in the starting lineup and to be the player that makes a difference in a big game. But even greater than the honor of being used at crunch time is to be used by God. To be in His starting line-up, you don’t have to have great talents. You have to have the courage and the faith to say to God, “I want to make a difference because you made a difference in my life and you have a use for me to further your kingdom.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do we uncover the uses God has for our lives?
  2. What can we do this week to be of better use for God?