Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Are You Ready to be Used by God?

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”—2 Timothy1:9(NIV).


“If you’re not ready to be criticized for your obedience to God, you’re not ready to be used by God.” When I shared this quote on Facebook from Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.TV, I received quite a few comments. 


The response I found intriguing was the following: “Interesting: The whole object of it is to be ‘used.” The statement was followed by a frowning face emoticon.


For those who don’t use social media, an emoticon is short for “emotion icon” and is a pictorial representation of a facial expression. In absence of seeing someone face-to-face, it lets the recipient understand the individual’s feelings or mood.

Curious about the writer of the above comment, I went to his Facebook page. Although we are not friends on this social media site, he can see my posts. I was surprised to see he describes himself as an agnostic atheist.

 Looking up the definition of an agnostic atheist, I found the following: “They are atheistic because they do not hold a belief in the existence of any deity and agnostic because they claim that the existence of a deity is either unknowable in principle or currently unknown in fact.”

I replied to the agnostic atheist by saying, “...that is our higher purpose. That is why we have been created...for HIS purposes.” 

“Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop.”

 During a recent sermon series titled “You are the Light of the World,” members of our congregation have shared their testimonies. On the final Sunday of the series, an 80-year-old man shared a brief history of his life. Jack, and his wife, Marie, are two of the most inspirational people I’ve met since moving to Claremore because they accepted God’s call to be used by Him for His purposes. After retiring, the two moved to Copper Canyon, Mexico where they became missionaries to the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of indigenous people. 

As Jack shared his testimony that morning, he told about a day in Copper Canyon when God had led him to give up his own shoes to a man who had none. Because of Jack’s age and his tender feet, he was then carried back to his truck by friends. 

As the service came to an end the morning Jack gave his testimony, a man who had recently returned to Claremore asked to speak. With tears in his eyes, the man said, “Eighteen years ago, Jack planted seeds in my life and I just wanted to say ‘thank you.’” 

God has called us to plant seeds in the lives of others. That is our higher purpose. Jesus Christ has brought us salvation—not because of what we have done, but because of His own purpose and grace.

In Oswald Chambers’ devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, he wrote, “Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop.”

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