"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Experiencing God -- chapter 4

Being God's Servant

Jesus is our example and He came to serve others and to give His life for our salvation. To be involved in God's work, we must be servants. Our human idea of a servant is that the servant asks, "Master, what do you want me to do?" And then the servant goes off by himself and does the assigned tasks. Being a servant of God is different. Instead of working for a master, God works through His servants. Remember Jesus' words were "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men," not "go there by yourself and see how many men you can get to follow me." God works through us and with us.

The author likes to think of us as the Potter and clay illustrated in Jeremiah 18. "To be useful the clay has to be moldable, and once made into a vessel it has to remain in the hand of the potter to be used." If we aren't moldable and flexible, we are useless clay. If we are formed into a cup for instance, but then do not remain in the Potter's hand and Him to use us (the cup) as He pleases, what good are we and what purpose do we have?

God uses ordinary people. Elijah was an ordinary person, but he humbled himself and was moldable and God used him greatly. Anyone who will take the time to enter into an intimate relationship with God can see God do ordinary things through his or her life. (see Acts 4:13 -- the people marveled because they realized Peter and John had been with Jesus.)

"When you believe that nothing significant can happen through you, you have said more about your belief in God than you have said about yourself. You have said that God is not capable of doing anything significant through you. The truth is, He is able to do anything He pleases with one ordinary person fully consecrated to Him." ---- WOW!!!!!!! What a wonderful thought!

"If you feel weak, limited, ordinary, you are the best material through which God can work!" -- see I Corinthians 1:26-31 -- God uses the weak and despised things because it is from them that He can get the greatest glory.)

I recognize that I can do nothing, but God can do anything. I want to be an ordinary person used by God to accomplish whatever He wants to do for His glory.

What a wonderful lesson!

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