Who Does God Use: Yielding to His Lane

 
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Ask yourself: do you want to be used by God? I believe every individual who truly encounters God immediately wants to be used by Him for His glory. Immediately after Moses encountered the burning bush, he was sent by God to Egypt to set the Israelites free (Exodus 3-4). Immediately after Isaiah encountered the glory of God, he was sent to be a prophet to the Israelites (Isaiah 6:8). Immediately after the Samaritan woman experienced the love and mercy of Jesus, she ran and told everyone in her town about Him (John 4:29). Immediately after Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, he received a calling to reach the Gentiles with the gospel (Acts 9:15). It’s cause and effect. The one who truly experiences God spends the rest of his or her life spreading the glory of His name.

So let’s say you’ve met God. You’ve encountered His goodness and have received this desire to serve God. The next big question is this: how then can you be used by God? What kind of person does God use? What are some traits that great men and women of God have? Using the life of Paul, I want to highlight three common denominators that I believe can be found in anyone who has ever been greatly used by God.

“I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace”  (Acts 20:23-24)

1. Be completely yielded to God: The first and most important thing is the unyielding desire to obey the will of God. The desire should not be to build a ministry. It should not be to build a successful business or to have a great career. Rather, the desire should be to be completely obedient to God and His commands. Everyone and anyone in history who has ever been greatly used by God was used by God because they obeyed God. There was a uncompromising conviction to strive to obey God.

Apostle Paul writes, “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me” (Acts 20:24). This man is consumed with one thing, obeying what God had asked him to do. Paul was not trying to build a ministry, He was trying to build God’s Kingdom. Paul was not trying to become a powerful missionary, he was simply obeying the unquenchable conviction of the Holy Spirit.

“It is not about how much of God you have, but how much God has of you” - R.A. Torrey

2. Remember it’s not about you: To be greatly used by God, it is absolutely necessary that we get over ourselves. When our dreams and desires are motivated by personal ambition, it blurs the Kingdom vision that God wants us to live out. Whenever I sit and talk with people who are doing tremendous things for God, they rarely ever talk about themselves. They don’t talk about what they can or can’t do. Rather, they are consumed with a heart and passion for Christ and others which overrides their fears and even abilities. Their hearts are motivated by God and the pressing needs of those around them.

Paul writes, “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me” (Acts 9:23-24a). Paul says he considers his life worth nothing! Hah. Paul is not writing this because he is depressed and hates the life that he is living. No. He is so consumed with joy. The joy of living out a Kingdom vision with a Kingdom impact. Paul considers his personal life nothing compared to the life that he has found in Jesus. Paul is so consumed with a vision bigger than himself that he is willing to put his life on the life. Wow.

“As our hearts become pure, our vision becomes clearer” - Heidi Baker

3. Stick to your God-given lane: Finally, I believe that those who have done great things for God share this important trait: these individuals have discovered their lane. If you look at each person who has made a great impact for the Kingdom, it is usually in one or, at most, two areas of life. Through failures and success, they discovered the unique area in which God wants them to focus on. As we begin our journey with God, we go from generic to specific. Through ups and downs, we discover who we are and who we aren’t. Our successes show us where we are gifted. Our failures show us where we are not. Through trials and hardships our values turn into convictions and solidify. Through all of it, God begins to form a lane. A lane that is made up of our gifts, values, passions and experiences. A lane that He wants you to run in. Not a lane your friend runs in, not even a lane you want to run in, but one that God has created for you. If you don’t know what lane He wants you to run in, just be faithful where you are - He is still forming it. It is absolutely vital that you stay faithful to your current situation for God to expand your capacity for the future.

Paul writes, “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). Paul is running his race. Paul is sticking to the lane that he knows God has put in front of him. Paul is not concerned with what others are doing and what others have accomplished. Paul is fixed and focused on running on the tracks that God had placed him in.

"Looking back I can see that I had been preparing for twenty-one years to open the first Chick-fil-A restaurant” - Truett Cathy

Brothers and sisters, I am on this journey myself. My heart longs to know Him and make His glory known. Still mixed with this desire are selfish ambitions and impure wants for personal gain. Yet, the grace of God in me still propels me to seek His glory. I write this post today not only for you, but for myself. I am praying and asking God to use me as He desires for His glory. I pray that we would be a people who yearn for God to receive the glory that He deserves.

 

William Chung (@willkchung) is a husband, father and the founder of The Meeting Place TMP . He received his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University, M. Div. at Talbot School of Theology and is currently pursuing a D. Min. at Dallas Theological Seminary.

 
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