Why Would God Use Me?
In all sincerity this morning, I asked the question, “Why would God use me?” To be entirely honest, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.
I can think of so many reasons why God would be far better off choosing someone else, or at the very least, just not choosing me.
Why Would God Use Me? 2 Cor 4:7
A couple of reasons why He shouldn’t use me…
I’ll be even more honest today. I have a hierarchy of things that need to be fixed up in my life before God can start using me. Admittedly, it sounds pretty foolish as I type it, but in my mind it seems to be fixed in stone.
At the top of my list is the fact that even though I’m better off than I was a year or two ago, I am trying to dig my way out of a seemingly insurmountable financial mess. I always worry that the financial mistakes that I’ve made in the past are going to end up bringing shame to the Savior that I adore.
I don’t try to keep this a secret, but at the same time I don’t run around with a sign on my forehead that says, “Major Screw-Up” either. It just doesn’t make sense for God to use someone like me who has started and failed at business and let a lot of people down in the process. God should find someone who is a better example of what a Christian really is.
And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? – Luke 16:11
Number two on my list has to do with the roller-coaster ride of marriage that I’m on. There are days when I feel like I could rip open my shirt and reveal my super-man costume, but then there are other days when I desperately cry out to God, pleading with Him to somehow keep the pieces from being broken beyond repair.
If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God? – 1 Tim 3:5
His answer to my question.
I was thinking of these reasons and probably quite a few more this morning as I wrestled with God about something I believe He showed me. This weekend, I believe He showed me something that requires a good deal of faith and a super-size portion of obedience to act on it, and part of me was fighting that risk any way possible.
That’s when I reached a point of complete frustration and asked God the question. “Why would you use me?” He immediately brought 2 Corinthians 4:7 to mind, and spoke it gently into my heart. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” I really like the way the Message Bible paraphrases this verse:
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. – 2:Cor 4:7 msg
We are works in progress.
God chooses to use imperfect people like myself, and a host of other imperfect people, to display His love to the world. In fact, sometimes He does the most remarkable things through the least likely vessels for the specific purpose of the credit going to Him and not man.
No one will be entirely perfect this side of eternity, and yet God has chooses to display Himself through us as though we were already perfect. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
My prayer today is that somehow God’s encouragement to me will be an encouragement to you. Allow God to work though you in spite of your imperfections. It’s okay to be imperfect as long as you’re holding the hand of the One who is.