It’s very easy to find people who believe that God is so powerful and mighty, they will even quote word for word a couple of scriptures that describe God’s power or better yet, stories of how God has been doing mighty things in their lives and the lives of those around them. At some point in my life, I was one of those people that for some reason (I’ve come to learn that the reason was my ignorance *Hosea 4:6*) thought that God couldn’t possibly choose me as a vessel for this power and for a long time I struggled to accept the fact that am actually a qualified vessel to be used by God.
We have trained our minds to esteem some people God has used publicly so much that we think these are probably the best picks and that they have some sort of special abilities that God ‘needs’ to be able to appropriately use them. The unanswered question here would be that why do we see God’s power working in these people more prominently than in others, let’s take an example of one of the most famous people in the Christian circles-we all know Joyce Meyer, don’t we? What is so special about her that differentiates her from the rest of the women? The answers to this question are very many and in the next few paragraphs I will attempt to share my though on why there are variations in how much of God’s power is manifested in different people.
God is very powerful, he is mighty, and glorious. This we already know and everyone would agree with those facts but it shouldn’t stop there, God’s power is useless if it’s just going to stay up there not being used yet the very reason why we were created is such that God( Creator) can move through us(Creation). We need to understand that we are the only vessels that are available for God to use. From the story of creation, we are able to see from scripture, God limited his authority here on each when he created Adam and delegated the Authority over the earth to him (Genesis 2:15) which consequently meant that God now needed to use us human beings to do his work on earth, he had already established spiritual laws by which he also had to abide. Our starting point is that we should acknowledge that we are the only vessels available for God to use and believe that we are usable. No matter how far off we have gone from God or what we may have done, all that God needs is surrendered vessels, those that will come to him as they are and trust that he will mound them into whatever shape he desires. Believe that you are usable
It is one thing to believe that God desires to use is and it’s a whole different story for us to be submissive enough to obey when God instructs us. The easy part is believing but acting on what we believe has so far been the most challenging part even for me up until this point am on this journey taking baby steps. We need to first of all cultivate a lifestyle in which we are constantly being led by the spirit because it’s only through the Holy Spirit that we will be able to know what God wants us to do on his behalf. God’s word, the Bible only makes sense when we allow the Holy Spirit to interpret the scriptures to us because these scriptures were not written to our minds. as much we might be able to logically follow then chronology of the Bible, we need a revelation that only comes through the Holy Spirit which is where I will chip in a recommendation that you read Spirit, Soul and Body, a book by Andrew Womack that has a wealth of knowledge about the distinction between spirit, soul and body. (If you need the eBook copy please let me know & I will gladly share it.). We can see from the story of the prophet Elijah that even when everything in the natural pointed to the fact that his obedience wouldn’t yield any positive results, he still trusted God and obeyed, we see that every step of the way, God has already planned for how he would provide for Elijah but for it to work, Elijah had to obey and submit to God which I can guarantee you was against the natural circumstances at the time. The principles haven’t changed in the current times, we see many more examples in our generation of men and women that God used mighty but the common characteristic among all is that all these people had to take a deliberate step and Obey what they were being led to do by God. Submit to the user (creator) and obey
Picture yourself very famous, on the covers of magazines, being featured on TV and the internet, being a household name just because you believed, obeyed and are now being used by God to touch millions of people all around the world, does that sound like someone you’d want to be? Well I’ll be honest and say that it wouldn’t be such a bad status to have, after all I would be expanding the kingdom of God. When God starts moving through us, we have a tendency to then start thinking that we are very awesome and we even go further to pull away from God and think we have now arrived at that stage in life where we are unstoppable, untouchable and special. It is when we are at this stage that we are truly tested to establish where our true allegiance is because when we are very successful, it is very tempting to attribute all the success to our own strength and might yet we ought to be pointing to God as the source of all the power and success, we need to remember that we were not chosen to be used because we were special, sinless , smart, eloquent and wise but rather because God loved us enough to use us despite our weaknesses since this would channel all the Glory back o himself as the creator instead of us the creation. Point to God as your source and return all the Glory to him.
In our quest to be used by God, we may also be tempted to choose for God how we want him to use us, forgetting that each one of us has a unique purpose for which we were created. I have seen a good number of Christians who are so excited about being used by God that they start to imitate what they see other Christians doing and in the process, they end up burning out because they are using their own strength and might to accomplish this rather than depending on God. I have been through this same cycle personally so I totally understand the pressure that comes with having been born again for some time and everyone begins to ask what ministry you are in and what you are doing for God. If your answer doesn’t fall in the category of the mainstream ministry areas, then there’s a tendency to fake it till it becomes reality but whom are you fooling?, it would only be matter of time and the real you will eventually come out. We see very many success stories of men and women being used of God and our admiration of their gifts takes our eyes off our individual stories. May we cultivate a relationship with God that will allow him to move through us in any way that he desires.
The title to this post was inspired by a sermon I watched last week by Steven Furtick of Elevation Church.