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 Corinthians 4:7

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.

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Laurel Griffith

    Thank-you for being so vulnerable. I think God uses our weak places – failures, struggles, problems and pain – to bring us closer to others who have similar situations. If we are willing, God will guide us as we share our insight born of experience. Great post!

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Thank you Laurel. Your wisdom and encouragement means a lot to me. Someday I’m gonna be able to help people with all kinds of problems. ;)

  • http://www.timthompsonshares.com/ Tim Thompson

    Wow, thanks for the courage to share on this level.

    I once heard an evangelist state we don’t clean up to take a
    bath so it stands to reason God doesn’t need us to clean up our lives to come
    to Him. I always still feel like that hypocrite sinner (my mind’s self perception)
    anytime I start to do something for the Kingdom, but I have to remind myself
    that it’s just the Devil putting my past in front of my eyes. It’s hard to remember
    sometimes that although the Devil and I can both still see every detail of my
    past and the flaws in my present, God cannot see through the Blood. I’m so glad He is encouraging you to be used
    by Him on a large scale and to turn over the appearance of that to Him as one
    of the many things He has to take control of as we release it and become that
    plain clay pot available to be used. Praying for you, Tim

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Not to be too cheesy here, but I love you man. :)

      Seriously, thanks so much for the encouragement. That’s exactly what I needed to hear!

  • cyndi

    Jeremy, your honesty and transparency is just what this generation of Leaders needs!
    I believe if more men could be as honest as you have not only with themselves but with those they love, there would be a much needed move of God in Christian homes.

    Way to be a Godly example to other men. (A man after God’s own heart)

    I am an example of God using imperfect people. Dispite my many flaws he continues to help me accomplish the plan HE has for me.

    I Know he is no respector of persons. Hang onto your word, HE will equip YOU!

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Transparency is not my strongest trait, so I definitely appreciate that Cyndi.

      Thank you friend!

  • amyc

    I love the message version of corinthians you have here, this is exactly what has been on my heart today! God has certainly proved this true in my life, it has been an extraordinary year! God takes us wherever we are, even when we are not expecting Him to show up and makes us who He needs us to be!

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Hi Amy – I’ll tell you something that’s kind of neat. Sometimes people comment on a post that I write, and it gives me a chance to look at it again.

      I just re-read the verse from Corinthians again, and couldn’t agree more – it’s pretty awesome! :)

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Here’s to believing that the ‘rest of our lives will be the best of our lives’.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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