Don’t Be Surprised By What God Can do Through You.
By Greg Sanders
In Luke 10, Jesus sent out seventy-two of His disciples to go into the surrounding towns and minister to the people. These disciples had been receiving on-the-job training by watching Jesus and then Jesus told them to go put what they had learned into action. When they obeyed, the response even surprised them. In Luke 10:17, they said “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” No one was more surprised by the manner in which they were used than the ones being used.
I believe we all have a tendency to overestimate what God can do through others and underestimate what God can do through us. Whenever you read scripture it is very easy to get the mindset that the power of God displayed is only available to a few people and not to you personally. Some of that intimidation comes from knowing your own inadequacies, your own failure, and your own fear. Some of the intimidation comes from you realizing that if God wants to use you then you must step out and follow His leading. These seventy-two men conquered any reservations they had and started ministering in the name of Jesus. What happened surprised even them. God used them mightily.
What would happen if you were to step out and minister to others as God gave you the opportunity? What if you were to pray for the co-worker who shares with you their sickness or relational difficulty? What if you encouraged the troubled friend with scripture or invited someone you know is away from God to church with you this Sunday? Would God use you if you stepped out and gave Him a chance? I believe He would. I believe if you would consistently yield to His voice and obey His leading you would be surprised at how He would use you.
Today’s Challenge: Take time now and ask God to use you in every way He desires today. Then when opportunities come to encourage, to pray, or to serve, do so knowing that God can use you. Don’t be surprised when He does more through you than you imagined.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
P.S. What if I step out and obey God and I experience rejection? Make sure you read tomorrows blog to find the answer.