Be ye used

On October 2, 1840, Dan Edwards was ordained as a missionary. He received a letter shortly after from the famous pastor, Robert Murray McCheyne, who wrote,

“Remember you are God’s sword, His instrument—I trust, a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”

Sadly, many Christians have mentally disqualified themselves from living a life of impactful ministry simply because they don’t feel they possess a “dynamic personality” or “exceptional communication abilities.”

But as you look down the annals of history, you see that God has used very ordinary people to do very extraordinary things.

Take Moses, for instance. He didn’t believe he could speak well enough to represent God to Israel:

“Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

“So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

“But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.””  — Exodus 4:10-13

Yet God used him to liberate God’s people from slavery in Egypt.

And look at the disciples, who once held jobs that were by all accounts quite ordinary, yet they made an eternal difference for the Kingdom— simply by surrendering to God’s will and purpose for their lives.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. What matters is the level at which you let God work through you.

In Christ, you really can make an eternal difference in the lives of others. All you have to do is trust in God to use you and surrender your will to His.

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.” — Acts 4:13-14

This Sunday, June 1st, Pastor Amy will be teaching on the 2nd part of a 5-part series entitled “What is My Purpose.” And Part 2 of this series concerns your SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.— 1 Corinthians 4-11

Finding your Spiritual Gifts

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…”  — Romans 12:6

YOUR purpose?

YOUR spiritual gift(s)? 

Find out.

Services at 8, 9:45, and 11:15am

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