Ordinary Enough to be Used by God

Written by Karen Schenk

I hung up the phone feeling somewhat shocked by what I had just heard. For years I admired Shawna and often felt awestruck by her deep heart and passion for helping people.

Today Shawna shared with me how incredibly ordinary she felt and how she was paralyzed by a sense of inadequacy. “My greatest desire is to do something that will have a significant impact for Christ,” she said. “But I feel as if most of the things I’m involved in are meaningless.”

I struggled as I tried to process what I had just heard. I had known Shawna for quite some time and it was difficult to understand how someone like her could possibly feel inadequate.

Many women desire to make a difference and be used by God. But few believe that God would choose to them to do something that would make a significant impact. Both Scripture and history show that God often chooses to reveal His power through those we least expect. God delights in using ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things!

You can be used by God. In fact, He desires that you step out in faith so that He can reveal Himself through you. Below are four steps you can take towards becoming useable:

  • Realize that God sees you in a different light than you see yourself. “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7, emphasis mine).
  • Understand God’s standard for your heart. “I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with a blameless heart” (Psalm 101:2).

His plan is that you live a blameless life, not just in outward appearance, but that you will also have a blameless heart where only He can see. This is a supernatural plan – something only God can work into your life. It allows you to become a vessel of honor useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

As a Christian you can maintain a blameless heart by being willing to:

  • Examine yourself in the light of God’s Word
  • Explore for yourself the truth of God’s will
  • Experience for yourself the power of God’s work
  • Experience supernatural living by the power of God’s Holy Spirit

1. Examine yourself in the light of God’s Word

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-­edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

  • Read the Bible regularly.
  • Ask some personal questions in light of God’s standards:
    • Where do I fall short?
    • What do I see that I am not doing?
    • Are my attitudes contrary to God’s attitudes?
    • What do I believe that is not true?
    • What do I not believe that is true?

Examining yourself in the light of God’s Word helps you to see yourself as God sees you. But the thrill of that understanding is that once you can see your problems, you can take action: admit sin, confess it and move on to the next step in living a blameless life.

2. Explore for yourself the truth of God’s will

“His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him” (2 Peter 1:3).

When you explore the truth of God’s will, you will realize He wants you to experience both His forgiveness and His cleansing. It is a real thrill of hope and an encouragement to believe that His will for you is a changed life, not simply a forgiven life. He will give you all you need so that you can be all He wants.

3. Experience the power of God’s work

God’s standard of a blameless life and a blameless heart is a reality that only God can produce in your life. To see Him accomplish that goal requires that we take the knowledge of our own sin, link it with a true belief in God’s love and forgiveness and take action.

What action? Ask Him to fill you and to take control of your life – your attitudes and your actions. The great tragedy of the Christian life is that many times we fail to take this last step. Instead we say something to the effect of  “Okay, Lord, now that I know what You want me to do, I’ll do it!” When we do that, our Christianity becomes an act – one that we can keep up well or not so well – but still only an act.

Paul says to the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

As I seek to do that consistently in each situation I find myself in, I am discovering that my Christian life is becoming less of an act, and more of an act of God.

God desires to do great things through you as you step forward in obedience. In my own life, I’ve been overwhelmed by the things God is choosing to do as I take steps of obedience and faith. It’s encouraging that He chooses to use ordinary people like me.  When I release myself to Him, He is able to do what He needs to do so that it’s all about Him – and not about me!

4. Experience supernatural living by the power of God’s Holy Spirit

Where do you stand today? Do you feel ordinary? Do the things you do seem meaningless and unexciting? The Christian life is an exciting adventure – a gift from God. Why not ask God today to fill you and empower you with His Holy Spirit so that you can live a glorifying life unto Him? Here is a suggested prayer. Remember that God is not concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. If you are ready to live the life God has called you to, you can pray this prayer with a sincere heart and trust in faith that God will answer.

Dear Father, I need You in order to live a life worthy of Your calling. I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. As an expression of my faith, I thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, we would love to hear about it!

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