Do you want to be used by God? In today’s post we will look at the characteriststics of the type of person God uses and how you can prepare your life to be available to God.
GOD USES THE PERSON WHO HAS A DREAM
Faith always starts with an idea, a dream, a goal, a vision. You’ll hear something from God and say, “God, this is what I am going to do.” Nothing happens until someone starts dreaming. Every accomplishment from the wheel to the light bulb to the selfie stick, started out as an idea. It started out as a dream.
Set some big dreams and goals for your life, have a great vision of what God wants to do in your life and commit the rest of your life to following and fulfilling that dream.
Many people lose their ability to dream. They have lost their ability to set God sized goals. There are a lot of things in life that you can delegate to other people. But you cannot delegate your faith in God.
If you’re going to be used by God, you’ve got to be a person of faith. You’ve got to have a dream and set some God sized goals.
Goals are statements of faith.
“If your goals are good, you will be respected.” Proverbs 11:27 GN
Go ahead an dream great dreams for God. Let God challenge you and stretch you. Get a God-sized vision for your life.
Ask yourself: What would I attempt for God if I knew I couldn’t fail?
“God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes!” Ephesians 3:20 LB
There are two common mistakes we make in goal setting.
- We set our goals too low
- We try to reach our goals too quickly.
We overestimate what we can do in one year and we underestimate what we can do in ten years. When you are seeking God’s vision for your ministry and your life, you need to understand that God often gives us vision in three parts.
1. God shows you what He is going to do.
Once we figure out the what, we run out and try to accomplish it the way we think it should be done. Usually, we fall on our face and fail and we come crawling back to God and we say, “What happened, God? Did I miss the vision? Did I not hear what you wanted me to do?” God says, “No, you heard what I was going to do in your church, in your life, but you didn’t wait for the second part of the vision.”
2. God shows you how He’s going to do it.
God always fulfills the vision in a way that is different than the way we thought it was going to be. We think God is going to do it the way we want Him to do it, but God always has a better way to fulfill the vision.
3. God shows you when He’s going to accomplish the vision in your life.
God’s timing is always perfect. He’s never late or early. He’s always right on time. So wait for God’s timing to fulfill the vision He gives to you. Don’t become impatient, wait on the Lord. Many times the vision won’t come clearly all at once, it develops slowly over time.
Spend time with God, listen to God and wait on God to get God’s vision for your life and ministry. Instead of praying, “Lord, bless what I’m doing.” Pray, “Lord, help me to do what You are blessing.”
GOD USES THE PERSON WHO IS WILLING TO RISK FAILURE
“They risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 15:26 NIV
Many believers around the world today have been required to risk their lives for the Gospel. They are people of courage.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is moving ahead in spite of your fear.
God not only expects faithfulness, He also expects fruitfulness from our lives. In Matthew 25, Jesus told a story of the master who was going on a journey. Before he left, he gave one servant five talents, which is around $5000. He gave another servant two talents, $2000. The third servant he gave one talent, $1000.
The five talent person took a risk and doubled his investment. The two talent person also took a risk and doubled his investment. But the one talent person was afraid. He did not want to risk failure so he hid his talent in a hole in the ground.
The master came back and asked the servants what they did with the talents he entrusted to them. The two servants who took a risk told him that they doubled their talents. The master said to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and share your master’s happiness.” It makes God happy when you’re fruitful.
But to the one who didn’t take any risks and hid his money in the ground, the master said, “You wicked, lazy servant.” The man was actually punished because he didn’t take any risk. His talent was taken away and given to the five talent servant.
If you’re not taking any risks in life then you don’t need any faith. If you don’t need any faith, then you are being unfaithful. God wants us to be both faithful and fruitful by taking risks and trusting God. Satan’s favorite tool is the fear of failure. The devil makes you think you can’t do it.
“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” Proverbs 29:25 NLT
Don’t let your life be driven by what others think.
If you’re serving Jesus, live your life for an audience of One so that one day you can hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Two ways to eliminate the fear of failure:
1. Redefine failure
Failure is not failing to reach a goal. Failure is not setting a goal. Failure is not failing to see your dream come true, it’s not having any dream at all. Failure is not trying, it’s giving up before you try.
Everybody falls down. We all make mistakes. We all fail. We all do things that embarrass us, but failure is refusing to get up and start again.
You are never a failure until you quit.
You are never a failure until you give up. It is always too soon to give up. So if you’re discouraged and you want to give up, hang in there and don’t give up, because God is with you.
2. Don’t compare
Stop comparing yourself to other people. It is foolish to compare yourself to anybody else. Never compare your church to any other church. Never compare your life to another person.
When you compare yourself to other people, two things happen. Either you find somebody that you’re doing better than and you get full of pride. Or you find someone who is doing better than you are and you get discouraged. Pride and discouragement are both destructive to your life.
“Each man should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself without comparing himself to someone else.” Galatians 6:4 NIV
When you set your life goals, set them on the basis of who you think God is not on the basis of who you think you are. Our goals should be based on what we believe God can do, not what we think we can do. You haven’t really believed God until you’ve tried to do something that cannot be done in the power of the flesh.
You haven’t really believed God until you live in such a way that you are bound to fail without Him.
GOD USES THE PERSON WHO EXPECTS TO BE USED
Now, you have to be both realistic and optimistic. You have to be realistic about your situation, where you live and what your abilities and gifts are. You also have to be optimistic about what God can do. God can do things that no one thinks is possible. The difference between success and failure in life is always attitude.
“According to your faith it will be done unto you.” Matthew 9:29 NIV
God is saying that you get to choose according to your faith it will be done unto you. You get to choose how much God blesses your life. You get to choose what He does in your ministry and it’s all according to your faith.
If you have a great faith in a great God, God will be able to do great things. If you have a weak faith and don’t really trust God, then God will only be able to do small things in your life. As you serve the Lord, you will face situations that seem impossible from a human standpoint. It could never possibly work out the way that you want it to work out.
Never let an impossible situation intimidate you, let it motivate you. Let it motivate you to pray more, trust more, believe more, work more, serve more, share more and give more than you ever have before. You might be hearing Satan say that you can’t do it. But Satan is a liar. So when Satan says you can’t do it, tell him he’s a liar because the Bible says, “…with God all things are possible.”
With God, today’s impossible problem is tomorrow’s miracle.
GOD USES THE PERSON WHO NEVER GIVES UP
“No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 9:62 NIV
We cannot always be looking back. We must keep moving forward; when we’re tired, pressured or criticized. Great people are just ordinary people who have an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people are people who keep on keeping on.
“Let us not grow weary in doing well. For we will reap a harvest at the proper time if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
You will reap the harvest if you don’t give up. You do not determine a person’s greatness by his talent, wealth or education. You determine a person’s greatness by what it takes to discourage him. So, what does it take to discourage you?
During World War II, the Prime Minister of England was Winston Churchill. The nation of England was being bombed by the Nazi’s and Churchill was invited to speak at a very famous men’s school. They told the students at this school to have their paper and pencils ready because the Prime Minister is coming to give a major address.
Winston Churchill walked into the chapel and stepped up to the podium and said to these young men who were preparing to go to war, “Gentlemen, never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never, never, never, never give up.” And he walked out of the room.
One of the most important lessons we have to learn in serving Jesus Christ is you are never a failure until you quit. It is always too soon to quit.
“Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again!” Proverbs 24:16 NIV
The Issue of Confidence:
As God gives you a great vision for your life, as He shows you the What and the How and the When, remember everything God does in us, for us, and through us, He does by grace through faith. You will never deserve it.
You may wonder why would God choose to use you. He chose to use you because of His grace.
Grace is the fact that God knows every mistake you are going to make in your life and He still uses you.
So don’t let the devil intimidate you. If you have had a very sinful past and just thinking about your past brings up all the shame that you feel because of the guilt of your past.
God uses ordinary people. If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done because there are no perfect people.
Believe today that God is using you by grace through faith. Your faith is a huge part of this equation.
What are you expecting God to do in your life? The answer to that question is: He’s doing exactly what you expect Him to do, no more and no less. God uses us by grace through faith. When we put faith in His grace, He is able to use us. We limit God so much by our unbelief.
In scripture, every time God moved out of heaven and did a miracle on earth, it was because somebody believed. There are some factors in your life that you do not have any control over. These are the sovereignty factors. You did not choose when and where you would be born. You did not choose the natural talents that you were given. You did not choose the country that you were born in. These things were beyond your control.
The one thing that you do have control over is how much you choose to believe God.
Some people think that God is very arbitrary in choosing who He was going to bless. That God would look down from heaven and pick and choose who He would use. Scripture tell us something different.
“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, looking for people, to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
That verse says God is looking for people to use. God is looking for people to use. If you get usable, if you will put your faith in His grace, God will use you in a great way for His glory.
“David served God’s purpose in his generation, and then he died.” Acts 13:36
Don’t you want that said of you, that you served God’s purpose in your generation? If you want that then,
- Dream great dreams for God
- Be willing to risk failure
- Expect God to use you
- Never give up
Make this Declaration:
Because God has called me to serve my generation, I will value worship over weath, we over me, character over comfort, service over status and God’s purposes over possession, positions, popularity and pleasure.
To my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I say: “However, whenever, wherever and whatever you ask me to do, my answer in advance is yes!
Wherever you lead and whatever the cost, I’m ready anytime, anywhere. I want to be used by You in such a way that on that final day, I’ll hear You say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Come on in and let the eternal party begin!'”