I was approached months ago by Pastor Joe to write an article for the church website. Despite the fact I had written many articles before for the church, an instant battle started inside of me. Thoughts kept screaming in my head. Thoughts that told me I had nothing of worth to teach or share with others. I allowed myself to entertain these thoughts and had convinced myself that I could not write the article. So I ignored the fact I had told my pastor I would do it. I did nothing.
Months later at a Wednesday night prayer service I was down at the altar when Pastor Joe approached me. He asked if I would still get him an article. I told him about my battle and the thoughts that were screaming in my ear. He shook his head and did not allow my excuse. He had faith not in me (but the God in me) that I could write that article.
When I sat back down in my pew I felt God say to me that it wasn’t through my knowledge or ability I would be writing. It was God's. God wants to use us. He wants to use ordinary men and women. As I was thinking these things, God reminded me of a YouTube video I had seen years before about the ordinary people in the bible that God used. If God could use these people then he could surely use me.
• God used a teenager to save the known world from hunger: Joseph (Genesis 41)
• God used a runaway slave to deliver a nation: Moses (Exodus)
• God used a shepherd boy to defeat a mighty warrior and eventually become king of Israel: David (1 Samuel 17)
• God used an orphaned Jewish girl to stand up before a king and save her people: Esther (Esther 4:14)
• God used ordinary fishermen as apostles of Christ who later carry on Christ’s message and heal the lame: Peter and John (Acts 13)
All of these men were ordinary people and God used them. All that God asks of us is to be willing. He may be asking us to something as small as writing a church article. Or He may ask us to speak about Christ to a co-worker, or to take God's message to a different nation. It is my hope to anyone reading this that you stop listening to the enemy in your head telling you not to do the will of God but instead take a step of faith and do it! Get out your Bible and study these ordinary people and see how God used them. Be used! “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great shepherd of sheep, through which the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well and pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)