I heard a statement the other day that really made an impact on me. Have you ever asked God to use you? I’ve prayed that prayer many times, “God use me… I want to be used by you.” That’s a good prayer, but there is a better prayer, here’s how it goes, “God make me useable.” Many of us want to be used by God to do great things in this world, but we also have to be useable. What does it mean to be useable? I think the most important factors involve your heart, your attitude, and your willingness to be obedient to God at all times. Of course, there are many other factors involved in being useable, but I think these 3 are key.
A lot of times we want to be used by God , but our heart is not right. We have wrong motives, a hard heart, a heart that still has bitterness, unforgiveness. If God used us we could hurt people. These heart issues lead to a negative attitude toward leaders, and the people who God wants to use us to be a blessing to! Check your heart today. Is your heart right? Do you need to let go of things you have been holding onto today so that God can use you in a greater way? Let go of the past so you can move forward to the good things God has ahead for you!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
Let’s talk about attitude for a moment. Attitude is everything. It will open doors for you in life, or literally shut doors. Your attitude will cause you to soar high, or it will bring you low. It is the hinge on which the door of your destiny swings. The great thing about attitude is you have total control over it. You choose daily what kind of attitude you will display. I heard a statistic the other day that 97% of people who lose their jobs are let go because of their attitude. The employer may give some other reason, but the underlying reason always comes back to attitude. We should be the kind of person that adds value everywhere we go, in every situation we find ourselves in. If you are the kind of person that chooses to be positive and chooses to go the extra mile, you will always rise to the top. This world is full of people today that only do what is necessary, nothing more. Take a look at this verse.
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Matthew 5:41
If you want to stand out in the crowd, go the extra mile.
Obedience is a word most of us shy away from. We don’t like to be told what to do. We like to make our own decisions and rightfully so. God is such an amazing God and He will sometimes ask us to do things we don’t understand, but it always turns out for our good! We may have to trust Him when we would rather go our own way. If we are willing to do whatever God asks of us and we are obedient to do it right away God will bless us beyond measure. If we want to be useable by God He has to be able to trust us as well. If God gives us responsibility He needs to know that we won’t squander it. God needs to know that we will treat people right, display the right heart, and the right attitude.
“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” Isaiah 1:19
We all have imperfections. God is not looking for a perfect person to use. He just wants a willing & obedient heart. God wants to be able to trust you. Can God trust you with people? Do you have a right heart? How’s your attitude been lately? So, the next time you catch yourself asking God to use you, try asking God if you are useable instead. Let God change you into a vessel He can use today.
Prayer for today: God make me a person that you can use. Create in me a clean heart O’ God. Renew a right spirit within me. Help me to be the kind of person that forgives easily and loves all people. Give me your heart God for others, help me to be a person that genuinely cares for others and adds value in the lives of people around me. God make me useable, help me to make a difference in my world today. Amen!