Fill in the blanks. How many times in your life do you say to yourself “God can’t use me because I’m not _____________ enough, I’m too _________________, I’ve done too many _______________”.? Do you realize that God can use anyone for His glory? Remember Balaam? God used Balaam, a pagan prophet who was hired by Balak, to share with Balak the blessings that He intended for Israel.
Today let’s talk about how we are called to BE the Church, not just GO to church. We are called to engage in our faith and fill our role in the body of Christ. Each of us is uniquely gifted, and each of us is vital to the life and function of the Church. Balaam had just seen God speak through his donkey. Now, doesn’t that beat all? People, if God can use a donkey for His work, He can certainly use us!! After hearing the donkey speak, God opened Balaam’s eyes (Nu 22:31) and effectively made Balaam understand that God and God alone would give him the words to speak to Balak.
This means that God wants to use each of us as His vessels to accomplish His purposes here on earth, in our Churches and in our workplace, in our schools, and in our world. For some of us, this is a given, of course God wants to use us, that’s why we’re still here right? But for some, the thought of God wanting to use us sounds pretty crazy. Maybe that’s you right now. You’re sitting there reading this thinking “God really wants to use ME?
Doesn’t He know who I am? Doesn’t He know what I’ve done? I don’t have any special gifts or talents, I can’t speak well…” Yes, God wants to use YOU! In fact, if you feel that way, you are the prime candidate to be used by the Lord. You see, God is not in the habit of using exceptionally talented people, He wants to use the ordinary, the unexceptional, the weak, the useless, the boring, the fallen, the broken, and the meek.
God is in the business of showing His glory and His grace. He wants to use those that will give Him the glory for the work He does. What better candidates than those who seem to be insignificant?
Let’s take a quick look at 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NKJV) – For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
Yes, you read that right, Paul just said “Look around at us, we’re a bunch of weak, foolish dummies.” God chose to use the weak and foolish things (you and me) to show how great HE is. It’s not about you, it’s about Him. So, can God you even you? Yes, absolutely, and that’s exactly what He wants to do.
“But I’m unqualified to serve God, I didn’t go to seminary, I don’t know the bible very well, I don’t know as much as I should.” That’s fine. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If you belong to Jesus, you are called, and He will give you the qualification you need to serve. He will equip you by His Spirit to fill your role in the body of Christ. You don’t have to go to seminary to be used by the Lord. In fact, I would go so far as to say that sometimes higher learning for Christians can hinder our effectiveness in spreading the gospel, because we humans naturally tend to lean on our own skills, knowledge and talent rather than the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
So be confident in your calling. The Lord wants to use YOU to proclaim His message of hope to a lost and hurting world. He wants to use YOU to help His body, the Church, function as it should. The less confident you are in yourself, the more room He has to work in you and through you.
The rich and famous are people, too, and they wonder about the meaning of life just like everyone else. Most celebrities possess everything that is traditionally thought to bring happiness — beauty, success, money, power — yet many find themselves asking, “Is this all?” Celebrities are infamous for gravitating towards some of the more “different” religious paths, yet many have also chosen various traditional organized. So be confident in God. He can and will use you to accomplish His purposes if you will let Him. No matter what you do President, CEO, Nanny, Singer or Trash Collector give God the glory he deserve. We even seem some of the most acclaimed celebrities seemingly see the error of their secular ways and publicly turn to God for solace. Some transformations appear to be brought on by a genuine affinity for God, others look like praise given in exchange for publicity. But we know God will always get his Glory! Which made me think about:
Do you think a celebrity would make even better ministers?
Plenty of celebrities have made the jump into ministry by leveraging their name recognition. Whilst I agree that ministers need to be good all rounders, I disagree with the fact that qualifications are necessarily a requirement. I firmly believe that people should not be excluded from a position merely because of a lack of qualifications. Many famous and successful people have gained these “qualifications” via real life experience.
Not all celebrities are uneducated. When singing or performing on stage they do use their intelligence:Moves,lyrics and lines need to be practiced memorized over and over; it takes strength, tolerance and patience to keep doing takes to get the performance just right by the director, the idea that they look silly to entertain us; does not entail that they are not capable of making sensible decisions when it is required of them.
Jodi foster studied PreLaw at Harvard. Matt Damon and his friend Ben Affleck both dropped out of Harvard in their last year to pursue acting; there is no suggestion that they were incapable of getting just the few extra credits, they just prioritized acting. They chose to drop out and were not expelled. Where as Dr. Mason Durelle Betha, aka “Mase” (formerly Murda Mase), was a “Bad Boy” who turned into an songwriter, TV personality, inspirational speaker and Pastor who has started 10 churches in the name of God.
Overseer Deacon Dr. Kanye Omari West and Deaconess Kimberly Noel Kardashian-West of the Keeping Up with the Fire Baptized Holiness Pentecostal Church for the College Dropout & Gold Digger “Jesus is the best God of all tyme” Ministry in Chicago, Illinois & Los Angeles, California
Psalmist Onika Tanya Minaj is from Saint James Port of Spain in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Sister “Nicki” is a (7 times GMA Dove Awards & 6 times Stellar awarding winning Female Vocalist of the Year & Artist of the Year, and Song Of the Year)
Televangelist and Gospel recording artist Dr. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the Minister of Music at the Barbados, Bad Girl Gone back to being Good for the Lord House of God Hebrew Pentecostal Inc.