God Wants But Doesn't Need You?- Day 16
I was sitting in my preaching class and the professor began to remind us of a simple yet, profound thought. God wants but doesn't need us to complete his work in the earth. Now, he didn’t say this explicitly but it is the phrase that rang in my spirit as he spoke. The context of his lesson was based on the idea that those who are called to preach should remember; God is happy to use us for his good works but his plans on the earth are not solely dependent on us. Yet, if/when we fall short God is good in that the Good news is often delivered to hearers in spite of the deliverer of the message.
We laughed as he stated, “If the only way God’s work could be completed in the earth was through us we’d be in trouble.” He wanted us to realize that God is always working in the earth. Yes, we are His metaphorical hands and feet and God does use human beings to carry out his will but HE IS STILL GOD. He is not confined to our earth and its limitations. He is not limited to our minuscule understanding of him, nor is he entrapped in human undertakings. The Lord his promises, his purpose, his will-will be enforced regardless!
The professor increasingly stepped on our egos, telling the class that the Gospel isn’t simply shared because we choose to open our mouths and proclaim it. It is shared because we have the privilege of working alongside the Father as a flawed mouthpiece. I kept thinking to myself God wants to use me but he doesn’t need me. I am not the end all be all to the gospel being preached. I am just a vessel, a volunteer, a friend who helps the big boss execute his vision. We don’t have to be perfect to be used. We don’t have to know it all or be the most profound we just have to remain humble before our good God.
This week be honored that God chose you to partner with him and his work on the earth. He isn’t looking for perfection but a willing heart and obedient soul.
…39But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!” 40“I tell you,” He answered, “if they remain silent, the very stones will cry out.” 41As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city.. Luke 19:39-41
If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Timothy 2:20-26
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8