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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

In Other Words for April 13



“God can use small ingredients to make big miracles happen:
fabric and thread to lift hope in the sick,
five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand hungry people,
and faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.
Shouldn’t we give all that we have to God
just to see what He might do with it?”
What I Learned from God While Quilting
by Ruth McHaney Danner & Cristine Bolley

So many people think that God cannot use them to reach others for one reason or another. How silly is that!?Let's forget the "things" that God uses and instead think about people as the ingredients. Let me give you a list of the unlikely people that God used to bring about His will.

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...

Adam and Eve brought sin into the world
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old and a liar
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar and a thief
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem and was a murderer
Gideon was a coward
Samson was a womanizer and a covenant breaker
Rahab was a prostitute who committed treason when she protected the Jewish spies against her government
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Solomon was the result of an affair
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Mary was a teenager who got pregnant out of wedlock and gave birth to Jesus, Savior of the world
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ, was quick tempered and had a "potty" mouth
Matthew was a tax collector
The Disciples were uneducated fishermen, crooked tax collectors, anarchists, dishonest, stiff necked, unbelieving and fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious (and, As Saul, he killed Christians before he became one)
Timothy had an ulcer...AND
Lazarus was dead!

And yet they all were used by God to accomplish great things. So really, what excuse do you have? God can use you to your full potential if you turn yourself over to Him fully and TRUST Him to know that what He is doing, what He is using you for is what is best. So many times we try and second guess God and where He is leading us. Once again, read the list. He used some of the worst people to bring about His will and look at the amazing results! How much more can He do with you and your small faith? What gifts has He given you that you can use to further His kingdom and reach others for Christ?

God's will always gets accomplished. The question is, "Are you in? Do you want to be used by God to bring about His purposes?"

I do.

I'm really happy to know that I'm qualified to start now, just as I am.

Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.

To view other perspectives on this In Other Words quote, please visit our hostess this week Mama's Little Treasures.

5 comments:

MiPa said...

Nice reminder that we are just the messenger, not the message! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Missie said...

"Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger."

What an awesome quote! Your entry is inspiring!

mamas*little*treasures said...

Thank you for sharing with me some of what you are going through right now . . . . I would like to chat with you in a private email if you have a minute. I have recently taken over the editorial responsibilities for a small online Christian women's magazine, Ruby for Women, and one of our newest columns will be entitled "Through Another's Eyes," where we will be featuring stories like yours . . . specifically for the purpose of encouraging other women who are going through their own difficult days and need to know that they are not alone. If you have a minute, please email me at editor@rubyforwomen.com Thanks for your honesty! I love it ;o) Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

Tami Boesiger said...

Nice list of imperfect people God used, Nic.

I'm in!

Cathy said...

Beautiful ~ Thank God for that Word.