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God Wants to Use You—No Matter Your Makeup!

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All of us have a different makeup and temperament. Last week I mentioned I was like a wild mustang that needing taming in order to become useful to my heavenly Trainer.

Not all of us are highly-spirited horses that have a wild tendency. But the Lord has a beautiful purpose for each one of us. He did not create you to just stay in your stall and do nothing, or only to graze in the field. Did you know that without moving, a horse will get colic—a potentially deadly constipation?

You are uniquely different from everyone else on the planet; yet all of us are equally valuable to God’s plan, including YOU!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)

Sticking with my crazy horse analogy—your God-given purpose may be to draw a plow, pull a wagon, round up cattle, provide transportation, or simply allow kids (young and old) to ride you for pleasure. Perhaps you may even be used for therapeutic reasons. I’m sure you know that horses have been greatly used to help both the troubled and the handicapped.

We get into trouble when we begin to compare our talents and purposes with others. We need not fret what others may or may not be doing. We need only to be concerned for what God desires of us. We cannot all be pastors, teachers, speakers, leaders. What good are they without a congregation, students, listeners, or followers?

I am talking to myself here.

Some of us will have to carry heavier burdens than others.

Others will be on some obscure farm somewhere.

Still others will be in the limelight at a fancy show.

You and I need to learn to be content to follow Christ no matter where He leads us. We need to yield to His perfect plan and be tamed by His loving wise hand. Only then will we enjoy this life here on earth as the Lord Jesus promised and wants for us (Jn 10:10).

But that takes trust.

We can trust our Trainer. If you give Him the reins and step out in faith, He will prove to you experientially that He is indeed trustworthy. That’s been this wild mare’s experience, along with countless others.

In the parable of the talents (Mat 25:14-30), the servant who received and doubled his 5 talents got the exact same commendation from his Master as the one who had doubled his 10 talents.

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (vv 21, 23)

But the one who received one talent and did nothing, got a very severe rebuke!

The challenge in fulfilling your God-given potential will be different than mine. I may not have as hard of a time motivating myself as you, but I probably struggle a lot more with impatience! Or I may get more discontented than you in times of inactivity.

We are each distinctive in our makeup, experiences, abilities, and tendencies. Use your strengths for the Lord’s glory, and give your weaknesses to God. He can turn then them into His strengths for His beautiful purpose (2 Cor 12:9).

So my friends, whether you are a race horse or a work horse—do it for Him! Give God your all. As Oswald Chambers would say: “My utmost for His highest!”

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving…. And there is no favoritism. (Col 3:23-25)

 

 

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Complete in THIS Present Moment

 

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For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Col 2:9-10)*

We are complete in Christ!

I love this concept, for I used to always think I was inadequate in everything. 2 Peter 1:3-4 are verses to which I continually return:

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature….**

I’m a go-getter and I want to reach my full potential for God, even though I know it can’t be 100% due to my imperfection.

Anyway, I was having a hard time wrapping my mind around this truth of having the fullness of Christ dwelling in little old me. I think part of my problem was thinking in terms of the end of my earthly life, not the here and now. Since I have everything I need to fulfill all the works God has planned for me—even right now—I need not be concerned with the future.

Now please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying we should never think about or plan for the future. We should, but there’s a time and place for that. I often get bogged down with all those details and distracted by them. I believe the Lord is telling me to focus on the present moment and to do my best in this very moment. All those other issues can be attended to at the proper time as He leads. Plus as we saw last week, He’s a much better Plate-spinner than I am. He won’t break any of those dishes.

Accomplishing all the works which my Lord has planned for me (Eph 2:10) is made up of millions of individual seconds—31,557,600 seconds/year to be exact. If I keep this in mind, I’ll be able to strive to give my all to what’s important in any given moment:

  • In this task (for me that’s writing this blog)
  • When dealing with a troubled loved one.
  • While packing for my move.
  • In just being still during my devotional time with my awesome Savior!

I can just relax (=be at peace) about those future moments and not get so hyper (alias worry). I know I’ve written numerous times about this topic—like just last week. But I need these truths repeated and illustrated in different ways so I can more clearly understand it; so I can live as if it were actually true—because it is. Perhaps you need it too.

For greater clarity, we need a brief language lesson on peace and anxiety.

Both the Greek and Hebrew words used for peace convey the idea of wholeness, completeness, or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances or pressures. 1The Greek word for anxiety, the lack of peace, literally means to “be divided or distracted.”2

What’s all this mean? It means…

You can have an undivided mind and heart in any given situation—if you’re bound and yielded to the Prince of peace.

When you’re relaxed, you can focus better, be more efficient, learn quicker, and experience life more fully.

So until next time, my friends—which I won’t think about right now—be present in your current moment and experience your Lord, loved ones, and life more completely.

 

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1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit of the Holy Spirit,19, Oct. 2013.

2http://biblesuite.com/greek/3309.htm

*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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