For the past year I have begun to intently pray for God to use me in a big way to further His kingdom. I am passionate about wanting to make a difference & glorify His name. There is just one small problem: I’m a Nobody. I am the Assistant Children’s Ministry Director at my church (basically, I mostly do the behind-the-scenes work). For the most part, people do not ask my opinion on ministry ideas in our church. I’m not asked to speak at conferences or retreats. They do not seek me for spiritual advice. This has all seemed very discouraging to me because I do not know how to make myself a somebody. Then one day, I had my Aha moment…
I was reminded of Esther, just a Jewish girl who God used to save her people. Chosen to become queen out of so many women and then to find out that her people were being plotted against to be destroyed. She was concerned about going to the King in fear of being put to death. Her cousin Mordecai said to her
…And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
God used her to make a HUGE difference. My mind raced with so many others in the Bible that were “nobodies”: David, Ruth, Noah, Moses…they were not born into wealth or known as scholars. Everyday people used in extraordinary ways.
God loves using nobodies…and He IS using me!
I have the task of being our Vacation Bible School director. It involves months of recruiting, logistics, and preparation for just one week. In my “aha” moment, it hit me like a ton of bricks:
I am a part of the single most evangelistic event that our church does out of the entire year. I giggled to myself with the thought of getting away with something so special that others do not even realize.
Approximately 60 people will come to know the Lord during our week of VBS and I get to play a major role in that.
Though I still have dreams of striving to impact more lives, I am humbled that the Lord is using me now.
Friend, how is God using you today? Have you given up on being used at all because you feel you are a nobody? Today, there is a mom of toddlers that needs your encouragement that they will survive these years…a widow who needs you to pray with them as they adjust to being alone…a friend that needs a pint of ice cream and a reminder that they are God’s somebody. Don’t delay, be used today!
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