The Woman God Uses
This message is for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. That means you already know about the basics of Bible reading, prayer and fellowship.
If you want to be the woman God can use for the glory of His Name and the building of His Kingdom:
1. You Must Be Available.
When the angel spoke to Mary about the birth of Jesus, she responded saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said”. (Luke 1:32)
An open heart towards God is the initial step in ministry. You must be FAT, Be Faithful in your walk with Christ; Be Available for ministry and Be Teachable. You grow by learning from the Word, from every day occurrences, from testimonies and from fellowship with other believers. Keep your lamp burning. (Matthew 25). Keep your relationship with Christ alive.
2. Get To Know The God Who Is Calling You Serve Him.
Daniel 11:32 says, “The people who know their God shall do exploits” (KJV). It is not what you can do, your skills or your abilities. It is what God can do through you when you put those skills and abilities into His Hands. A mere stick became a mighty weapon in the hands of Moses, (Exodus 4).
Your weaknesses become strengths when put in the Hands of the Almighty. With God you can advance against a troop and you can scale a wall, (Psalm 18:29). With God you can excel even higher than you thought or ever imagined, (Philippians 4:13).
Deborah, a prophetess and leader of Israel could have stayed content doing her duties under the comfort of a shade. But God had other plans for her. Through her, God delivered the nation of Israel from the tyranny of the Canaanite king, Jabin and his commander Sisera.
Read Ephesians 3:20 and see that God is not finished with you yet!
3. Know Your Identity In Christ.
You are a child of God, a new creation, (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are a princess, a heir to all the promises of God. A royal priesthood, a people called by God to declare His praises, (1 Peter 2:9). Family, friends, including fellow believers will try and pull you down but when you know who you are in Christ their efforts will be in vain.
The woman at the well, a disgrace to society, when she encountered Christ and received the healing waters of His Spirit became so transformed that she led a whole town to Christ, (John 4).
4. Build On Your Strengths And Work On Your Weaknesses.
Bring to God your five small barley loaves and two small fish and watch Him
Multiply them. Do not say, “But how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:1-13). Multitudes will be ministered to through your willingness to serve.
God can enhance your speech, (Isaiah 6:5-7). Your tongue does have to ruin your ministry. It nearly destroyed Miriam’s, (Numbers 12). Tame your tongue and let it work for the benefit not detriment of the brethren, (James 3:9-12). Meditate regularly from Galatians 5:19-26. Envy destroyed forever the relationship between Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, (Genesis 21:8-10,20). Are you a heir or a substitute? A heir has all the promises of God. A substitute has to fight for recognition all the time. It is a matter of choice – Ishmael, a wanderer, never content. Envy can drive you all over. You will still have God’s provision and blessing, yes. But what a struggle!
5. God Can Use You!
God can use any person regardless of background, colour, creed or social status. He took Esther, a poor orphan, made her into a queen and used her to rescue Israel from annihilation. He took Leah, unlovely and unloved and made her into the mother of a great nation, Israel. Hannah, a miserable and childless woman became the mother of the great prophet Samuel. Naomi, a destitute in a foreign land was led back home and became the great grand mother to the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rahab, a prostitute, was used by God to protect His spies and give them sound advice. “Wait three days”, advice from a prostitute – can you believe it?
God can use you, regardless of your lowliness, (1 Corinthians 1:26-28). God chooses the weak things of this world.
God called me into Christian witness when I had barely anything to offer except my broken life as a deserted mother of two young children. I took Moses’ example (Exodus 4) and gave God my ashes. Like the clay in the Potter’s hands, He took my broken life and made something beautiful out of it. “O Israel (use your name), can I not do to you as this potter had done to his clay? As clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand”; says the Lord (Jeremiah 18:6).