If you’ve been a reader of mine for very long, you’ve heard me talk about asking God to use you. One of the things that really fueled my quest for God was the word “seek.” These are only a few of the verses the Bible has on seek.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 NIV
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17 NIV
About a year ago, the word seek came in abundance. Bible verses, sermons, books, etc. God was speaking – drawing me closer. The Bible tells us those who seek the Lord will find Him. I believe the Bible to be true, so I knew all I had to do to really find God was seek Him.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how to do it. I figured the best place to start was to read my Bible and spend more time in prayer. Guess what? I found Him. When I did, He began to converse with me in a way only the Lord can do. He wanted my obedience. He wanted my talents, my time, my money, my priorities, my thoughts, my all. That was overwhelming at first. Being a control freak, I tried hard to hang on to certain areas. But that wouldn’t do for either of us – God or me.
He called me to a place of complete abandon. I had to abandon myself, and follow Him. Remember in the Bible where Jesus calls the man who asks to first bury his father? Do you remember Jesus’ response? He said “Follow me and let the dead bury their own.” (Matthew 8:22 NIV) We don’t need to work out all the details before we say “yes” to God.
God calls each of us to a place of obedience. When we are willing to be obedient and listen, then he can use us. He’ll use whatever talents you have, and trust me, you all have some. God took something that I loved to do, writing, and blessed it when I was willing to be used by Him. There is nothing special about me. I have no particular merits to warrant the doors that have opened for me. I’ve just been willing. That is all He requires.
It is scary to completely trust God with your all and give it to Him for His use. But, friends, that first scary step is a step towards a life more abundant – it’s a step towards God.
Y’all, I’m a “join the party girl.” You know, the one who will pull people out of their chairs and beg them to have a good time. God is using that trait in me. He is calling me to challenge other women to look within themselves and say, “Hey, I can do that. I want to be used by God.”
So what are you waiting for? What talent or trait do you have that God could use today? Are you ready to make that step? If so, then pray this little prayer with me.
I am a sheep. You, O Lord, are my shepherd. Show me your path. Draw me closer. Help me to be the person you intended me to be. Use me, Lord. Use me! I want to live for you. I want my life to be completely and totally changed for you. Amen.
I’m excited to present to you for the first time ever….the sheep to the right pin and prayer! This pin comes with the prayer above. At the bottom is a place for you to sign and date it. You can stick it on your mirror, on your car visor, in your Bible, or anywhere you will see it as a reminder of your commitment to the Lord. Wear the pin as a symbol of that commitment that you want to be used by God. When people ask you about the pin, tell them that you’ve asked God to use you.
Why sheep to the right on the pin? Sheep to the right comes from a parable in Matthew 25 where Jesus says when we do things for our fellow man, we are doing it for Him. So that sheep is a reminder that we are doing it all for Him.
Isn’t it cute? I’m really excited about these! I will be giving away a pin and prayer to one lucky person. All you need to do is leave a comment by Monday telling me how you want to be used by God. I’ll announce the winner Tuesday. For the rest of you folks who don’t win, don’t despair, you can purchase a pin.
The cost is $4 per pin or 3 for $10. If I need to ship it to you, the shipping is $1 for 1-10 pins. If you order 10 or more pins, the shipping is FREE. Email me from the link in the upper right hand corner of the blog to order.