Available To Give Hope
1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind (emphasis mine) for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
Matthew 4: 18-20 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
One of the outreaches that my church is involved with is something that has been named “DRIVE BY RAKING.” It is a scheduled day where many teenagers and some adults go to homes of people who need help with yard clean-up and raking. The recipients are those who have been nominated by people in our church. They are sometimes elderly, or they may be someone who has recently had a health crisis or surgery and can’t do their autumn yard clean-up themselves. The teens gather in the morning and then split up into teams and go in groups to people’s yards (with their prior approval of course!) and get to work. They are willing people that have volunteered to work hard and share God’s love in a tangible way. They didn’t have to take a course in “Rake Holding” or a join a webinar on “How To Clean Up A Yard.” They just made themselves available and were willing to help and then showed up to work. As they did that, people were touched and felt loved.
It’s a good thing that God does not look at our talents to determine IF He will use us. The world’s system is just the opposite. The world esteems the talented, the strong, the articulate, and the best. If you have ever watched a talk show, the invited guest seems to be the expert in whatever topic is being discussed that day. They are looked to as the authority to give the expert opinion for the issue at hand. After all, they are the ones who have studied the subject matter or practiced their gift for countless hours and became “The Expert,” right? They are looked at as the ones worthy to give the bottom line.
In God’s system, however, things do not work that way. When God calls us to do something, He equips us to do it. Many of the Lord’s disciples were fishermen. They did not have PhDs or even a college education. They had no advanced training in “fishing for men.” They got to know and observed the master fisherman, who drew people to Himself by His very life. They were men who were filled with the Holy Spirit, and His power worked through them to change the world. Jesus invited the disciples to follow Him and they were willing to leave their nets immediately in order to go.
I’m not an expert in anything. There are people in this world who are far better communicators, writers, or singers. I’m a regular, somewhat “normal” (whatever that means!) ordinary woman that has surrendered to the call of an extraordinary God. He is looking for willing, available vessels that can be used to take His message of hope and healing to the world.
Sometimes, when He calls someone to a specific task, they have to obtain training or skills to get ready to do the work. To serve God, one does not need to be articulate, strong, or gifted. He is pleased when we have a willing heart and mind and say, “Yes, Lord. Here I am. Use me. Take whatever there is in me that you want to use and use it to touch others for Your glory and honor.” When we do that, He puts His stamp of blessing on it and it is impactful.
How about you? We all have something to give. Are you willing?
May you be encouraged today to have a willing mind and to give God the best gift of all…
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