February 16 - Enabled.
I Timothy 1:12
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”
Many missionaries and full-time ministry workers have claimed this as their life or ministry verse. They have chosen to be thankful of their calling and that God has enabled them and counted them faithful enough to serve Him.
Many preachers have used phrases like, “The greatest ability of a child of God is availability.” When we make ourselves available to be used, we are sure to given opportunity to do so. We find a great example of this in Isaiah, when the voice of the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah simply answered, “Here am I; send me.” He didn’t question what was involved he just offered to go.
God wants our availability. He isn’t interested in our abilities. We are nothing outside of what God does through us. Countless times in the Scripture we see that He chooses to use the seemingly under-qualified to accomplish His will.
Moses told God he couldn’t speak fluently, yet God used him to lead the children of Israel through the wilderness. David was young and ruddy, yet God had him use a slingshot and a stone to slay a giant. Saul was known for persecuting Christians, yet God changed his life and transformed him into the Apostle Paul who He used to pin most of the New Testament.
Whether you are in the ministry or a secular line of work, God has called us all to be full-time Christians for Him; and He promises to enable us if we will only make ourselves available. Whatever weakness you think is preventing you from being used by the Lord will be strengthened as you yield yourself to Him so that He can get the glory. For when we are weak, He is strong.
Thank the Lord today, and every day.
Yield yourself to Him, so that He can enable you to be used for His glory.
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