Our church has been praying a simple, but powerful prayer this week:
“Lord, do what you want in me so you can do what you want through me.”
When you think about it, this is a fairly powerful prayer. We’re inviting God to do whatever He wants in us. Do you know what that means?
- God will reveal the other gods in your life.
- God will show us where we’re selfish, worldly, uncaring, boneheaded, bitter, or ambivalent.
- God is given the invitation to change our orientation in life from something that is respectable to something that is radical.
- God will show us where we need to make some hard choices…and where we need to go on a long journey of change and transformation.
That’s for starters!
This is also a good prayer because we must always start with what’s inside of us. We cannot wait until we’re perfect to be used of God, but neither can we be inattentive to who we really are. There are two fallacies at work among Christians today:
- I need to get Me all together before God can use me. This may be a nice sentiment, but it’s also a great excuse to never do anything for God.
- I need to try harder to serve God somehow–and when I do, it will make up for who I’m not. Nice try, but no go. In fact, we CANNOT serve God without our service being for all the right motives. We then only have a shell of something, but nothing of true substance. After all, 1 Corinthians 3 states that God will test the quality of each person’s work. And some of it will come to nothing…it will burned up like wood or chaff.
We must BE before we can DO. That’s why Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before He began His earthly ministry. That’s why David, in Psalm 51, after confessing his guilt, stated, “THEN will I teach transgressors Thy ways and sinners will be converted to Thee.” The ancient king realized that he must be pure in his heart in order to used for God’s Kingdom.
Vital to our usability for God is the availability of our hearts, mind and wills. It isn’t even as much where we are as the direction we’re moving. We can’t be moving away from God and still be used of God. We cannot be moving at a distance in parallel to God and be used of God. We must be running to God and walking with God to be used by God.
By the way, being used by God is what we were made for. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.