Summary: Using your life productively for the Lord.
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Everyone has their own weaknesses and faults in life. Sometimes we use our shortcomings as excuses for not being used by God. We say, “I cannot do anything great, I have got these limitations.” The good news is that God does not just use perfect people. If he did, none of us would have a chance. God’s calling in your life is not put on hold until you overcome in every area and perform perfectly 100% of the time. No God will use you while you are growing, while you are changing, while you are maturing. So, don’t let your weakness be an excuse to settle where you are. God wants to use you.
Come with me to Ephesians 2. This passage deals with 3 things. First, what we used to be like? How we used to live? Secondly, what God did in his grace to change us? Thirdly what he expects us a result?
Ephesians 2:1-2 1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Ephesians 2:4-5 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:8-10 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Notice what Paul says. God took us from sinfulness and the wrath of God, saved us, created us in Christ Jesus, for what? To do good works that God prepared in advance for us to do.
I. God plans to use everyone.
No matter who you are he has planned to use you. According to the Bible, he saved us in order to serve Him. Believers must be a Holy Spirit lead energetic movement of people whose lives count where they work, where they live, and where they are.
Now ask yourself a question. When was the last time you know that God used you? What are you doing on a daily basis that is an indication that you are serving God in some fashion?
Some say: What big task has God given me? God does not have to give you a big task, it is a matter of using us in our day-to-day activities like work, home, neighbourhood, friends and the way we relate to them, the way we talk, the way we deal so that they can see good work in us, Christ in us.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. You have been bought with a prize. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross purchased you and me. You belong to God. We have a mandate; we have a command to serve God. It is clear in the word of God that no Christian can just waste their time without serving God.
Now you may say, “Pastor, I want to do something but I am not able like many.”
II. You have been uniquely gifted. You have been uniquely gifted for the good works surrounding you. When God created you he has already blessed you with that personality, that skill, and ability to use you.
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
You have been uniquely given a gift. It is a special gift suited to your personality and God intends you to exercise them in a way that impacts the people around us. God is the one who created you. He has given you a special gift; we are to put it to work.
Whatever our vocation, occupation, it should impact the people around us. You maybe a nurse, doctor, in the company, use your gift and talents it in serving one another, make an impact on others with the gifts.
1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.