Monday, January 28, 2013

You can be a Kingdom Builder.....

God Can Use Anyone:

             Moses stuttered.

             David's armour didn't fit.

             John Mark was rejected by Paul.

             Timothy had ulcers.

             Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.

             Jacob was a liar.

             David had an affair.

             Solomon was too rich.

             Abraham was too old.

             David was too young.

             Peter was afraid of death.

             Lazarus was dead.

             John was self-righteous.

             Naomi was a widow.

             Paul was a murderer.

             So was Moses.

             Jonah ran from God.

             Miriam was a gossip.

             Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

             Jeremiah was a bullfrog;

             Elijah was burned out.

             Martha was a worry-wart.

             Mary may have been lazy.

             Samson had long hair.

             Noah got drunk, and that's not all.

             Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?

             But God doesn't require a job interview.

             He doesn't hire and fire like most bosses,

             because He's more our Dad than our Boss.

             He doesn't look at financial gain or loss.

             He's not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging,

             sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.

A Christian minister once said, "I was never of any use until I found out that God did not intend me to be a great man."

The pattern was the same for many of God's servants: Joseph, David, Daniel, Paul, and John. Occasionally it will appear as though we have been set aside. Properly used, that time will equip the Lord's servant for the next level of ministry.

It reminds me of a true story which happened in South America...

This is the story of one of the brave torch-lighters who lost his life that fateful day. Jim Elliot spent his youth preparing to share the Gospel with those who’d never heard it. But nothing could have prepared him for the dangers and challenges he would face in the jungles of Ecuador. The remote Auca tribe was suspicious and antagonistic toward even the friendliest gestures from outsiders.

In 1956, news from the steamy jungles of Ecuador spread rapidly around the world. Five young American men had been mercilessly killed by members of the Auca (Woadani) tribe — the very same people those young men had gone to serve and befriend. That seemingly senseless tragedy has become an inspirational marvel as family members of those young men have now befriended that very same tribe!

Their martyrdom brought a sudden end to the project they called “Operation Auca,” but the tragedy became a defining moment in the history of evangelical missions. Hundreds of young people were inspired to take up missionary work, thousands were moved to deeper commitment to Christ, and millions of dollars in resources were mobilized.

Some Christians think that this role is given only to pastors, missionaries, or other people with an "up-front ministry." But all of us have the responsibility to be involved in whatever way we are able and in whatever opportunity God gives us. Not everybody is called to go abroad as a missionary, but we all can give, pray, and tell friends and family what the Lord has done for us.

But here is what is often left out of the Great Commission: "Make disciples of all nations." Listen, every Christian is called to go into the world and make disciples. But I didn't say that everyone is called to be a preacher. Not everyone is called to be a Paul or a Peter. You might be a behind-the-scenes person. You might be someone whom few people know about, but you are where you are, and you want to do what you do for God's glory. So we are all called to go and make disciples.

When you're truly committed to getting the gospel out, God will reveal what work He is calling you to do. He has a place for every one of us—nobody is insignificant or unusable. The limiting factor is not the Lord's ability to use us but our availability to His call.


Raj Kosaraju

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