Tuesday, February 4, 2020

God Wants To Use You For Eternal Reasons

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14


This is  third spiritual reality. God wants to use us to point others to the narrow gate.  His work on this earth is one of redemption.  The fact is that not all will be redeemed. That is what Jesus was saying when He spoke of the narrow and the wide.  The picture is one I took as we hiked to a mountain village in western Haiti. When I saw it, I was reminded immediately of Jesus’ words.  We were going at the prompting of the Spirit, knowing that not all would be open to what we would share. 

God does not send us out to be on our own – although, at times, you might feel that you are alone.  He sends us out to join Him where He is already at work. Word of mouth is the best form of advertisement.  I am certain you have heard that before.  We are all called to be witnesses but are not all gifted to be evangelists.  Do you see the difference? We cannot save anyone.  There is no magic formula – no ten sure fire steps to converting a lost soul. Salvation is supernatural and 100% dependent upon God.  He wants to use us as witnesses, as ministers to the hungry, thirsty, sick, needy – that being in both the physical and spiritual sense.  He wants us to join Him, generation to generation, until – one day – the narrow gate will close.

In the meantime, we must be about our Father’s business. (Luke 2:49)  God does not need us, but He desires to use us. The question is – Are we willing? For some it will mean walking to the house next door. Or perhaps speaking to someone at work. Maybe to sell all you have and follow Him to a foreign land. But always our words must always be accompanied by right living – a clear demonstration of a transformed life.  We are to be salt and light.  Too much salt ruins the food – but just the right amount – properly measured – brings life to the meal. The proper light brings revelation – too much blinds the eyes. We must be careful that we don’t think that it is by our work that we fulfill God’s purpose. 

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” — Zechariah 4:6

God is at work all around us.  We need spiritual eyes to see it and a willing heart to join Him. God decides the role you will play.  Are you ready and willing? His Spirit makes you able. We all have a part – we have all been gifted to fulfill our purpose. All there is to do is to step out by faith, trusting God.

Tomorrow - Reality Four.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” – Jude 24-25

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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