I can think of a lot of reasons why God shouldn’t use me. Quite frankly, I can think of more than a few reasons why it would seem He couldn’t use me! I’ll bet you can think of a few too (not about me… about you!)
Reading this morning in the Bible, I ran into a couple of people who had the same “God can’t use me” issue, Abraham and Sarah. This couple had some BIG reasons why God couldn’t/shouldn’t use them and yet they discovered the secret becoming “usable.”
It was by faith that Sarah together with Abraham was able to have a child, even though they were too old and Sarah was barren. Abraham believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man, Abraham, who was too old to have any children — a nation with so many people that, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them. (Hebrews 11:11-12 NLT)
There’s one line in here that sticks out to me – “Even though.”
You and me, we’ve got plenty of “Even though’s” in our lives! There are a ton of reasons that God “could not” or “should not” use you or me, but the crazy thing is that when we trust Him, He trumps those “even though’s” and uses common people to do uncommon things!
What are your “Even though’s”? What are the reasons you think that God cannot or should not use you to do anything of significance for Him?
How about if today we stop focusing on the “even though’s” and begin believing and seeking to live out these words from St. Paul,
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)