Hey everyone. Sorry I missed last week. I got my wisdom teeth out and with everything that followed I forgot to write. But now I am pretty much healed up and excited to continue!
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about people in the Bible and how God was able to use them no matter what circumstances they were in. He uses us the same way. No matter our circumstances, no matter how broken we think we are, God has a plan for each and every one of us that will use our skills and gifts He has given us to the fullest and further His kingdom.
God uses all sorts of people to witness and disciple to others; people from all walks of life. Jesus himself used sinners and tax collectors to help spread the Gospel. Think of Paul. He was one of the biggest persecutors of Jesus’s followers until God changed his heart. After that Paul helped the church grow so much and helped write a large portion of the New Testament. God chose David, the smallest and youngest of his family, to defeat Goliath and become king. He also used David to do so many more amazing things even though he was an adulterer and did a lot of other bad things. God can use you, no matter how broken, no matter what we’ve done. God has a plan for each and every one of us. He is going to use you to do amazing things!
I never thought God was going to use me for outreach. I’m an introvert. I don’t like talking to people I don’t know. I won’t talk to anyone I’m not super close to unless they talk to me first. I always thought God would use me to build up other Christians that I already knew. I thought He would use me to help my friends and family grow in Christ and maybe bring some of my non-Christian friends to Christ. But God had other plans. I’m going to be a Chi Alpha leader, which means I have to go out and talk to people I don’t know a lot of the time, as well as building up my friends, old and new. He is going to be using me in ways I never imagined, but He knows I have the skills I’m going to need in order to do my job as a student leader.
God has a plan for all of us. He has a way to use everyone. And with that we need to remember the lesson taught by Balaam.
One of my favorite people in the Bible is Balaam. In Numbers chapter 22, Balak son of Zippor sent a message to Balaam asking him to place a curse on Israel, but God said, “You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed.” In response to Balak’s persistence, Balaam said, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God.” Balaam is so dedicated to God. He refuses to do anything that is not God’s will. So whatever God’s plan is for us, we need to listen.
I didn’t want to be a Chi Alpha leader. I thought there was too much wrong in my past and that I couldn’t do it because of my introvertedness. But, like Balaam, I chose to follow God’s plan for me, no matter what doubts or fears I had. God has a great plan for you. He will use you in the best way possible. And it’s your job to follow that plan no matter what.
I’m just the daughter of a small town girl… following God’s will.
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