Am I Available?
"And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me." Isaiah 6:8
Do you ever ask yourself, "How could God use someone like me?” I know I do. I'm shy, I'm a busy college student with little money, and I'm barely average at most things I do. How in the world can God use someone like that?
This feeling of insufficiency is a common obstacle many of us face as we seek to honor God with our lives until we realize it’s all lies. You see God actually LOVES to use "weak and foolish" people to fulfill his mission (1 Cor. 1:27). The Bible is full of instances of God using inferior people in mighty ways. Moses had a speech impediment, Gideon was scared, Elijah was suicidal, Joseph was abused, Jonah ran away from God, and Zacchaeus was small and hungry for money and the list goes on. Here’s the liberating truth; God did not choose these average Joes because of their abilities. He chose them because of their availability.
Here’s the liberating truth; God did not choose these average Joes because of their abilities. He chose them because of their availability.
God is sovereign (1 Chr. 29:11-12), omnipotent (Mat. 19:26), and the one that gave us everything we have (Col. 1:16). Therefore, what He desires most from us, is not some talent He already possesses, but for us to be available to carry out His will at all times, not just on Sundays. He's looking for people like Isaiah who say "Here I am, send me!” And this is perhaps the truest when it comes to God's call to serve those around us.
Serving is an incredible way for us to begin fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives in the present. It is simply our duty as stewards of God’s amazing grace (1 Peter 4:10), and ANYBODY who makes themselves available to God can purposefully engage in it. Skills and excess cash aren’t a prerequisite for spreading the love of Jesus. Don’t believe me?
Take a look at Galatians 5:13-14. It is the clear-cut, “no talent needed” instructions that show us just how simple this concept of serving really is:
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Emphasis added)
When we serve, we are to serve "through love". Simply put, when we make ourselves available to Jesus and seek him daily, we will have souls generated by love and will seek to love others as ourselves. It doesn’t take any sort of talent to feed, comfort, or look out for someone. These common actions we already provide for ourselves can be powerful acts of love that we freely extend to others.
When we make ourselves available to Jesus and seek Him daily, we will have souls generated by love and will seek to love others as ourselves.
It's time we were empowered by these biblical truths and begin serving people who desperately need to experience the love of Jesus. God is calling each one of us daily to care about the very people we often overlook. And the way I see it, we have two options: make excuses and hinder the divine appointments God plans for us or ditch the lies, trust that God can use anybody, and fulfill the calling. I pray we would all choose the latter and get pumped about loving people into life-changing encounters with Jesus!