November 2019 - Vol. 106

two women and two men talking
Use Me, Lord!.

by Tom Caballes

"Now in a great house, there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honourable use, some for dishonourable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonourable, he will be a vessel for honourable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work"
2 Timothy 2:20-21 ESV
We all want to live meaningful and purposeful lives and do not want our lives to go to waste. And we also know we all live in borrowed time. As Christians, we know we have an inheritance “that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” [1 Peter 1:4] We are a new creation in Christ. We are being transformed into Jesus’ likeness day by day. Apart from that, how else can we make use of our time and talents to make a difference for God’s Kingdom? Our prayer and desire should be, “Use me, Lord!” In small and big things, that should be the cry of our hearts. That should be our desire as we wake up and the thought that occupies us as we sleep. Pray daily until it is ingrained in your very soul: Use me, Lord! If you are pursuing purely selfish interests in life, it is a waste. What is more worthwhile doing than pursuing God’s Kingdom here on earth?  

So How Do We Allow God to Use Us?     

  1.  Love God radically. Radical means deeply rooted. Have you left everything behind to follow God? Is there an area in your life that God is off-limits to Him? What occupies your time, money, and energy daily? Do you live a life with integrity? Or is God a nice accessory in your life who occupies your second or lesser priority?
  2. Your mind is key. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV) Do not follow the world’s thinking of pursuing happiness, pleasure, and wealth at all costs –they will all be meaningless one day. Let God’s word form your mind – your values, thinking, and priorities in life.
  3. Pursue holiness. Only a vessel dedicated to God’s use will be used for honourable purposes. It is a constant battle against the world, the flesh and the devil, but if we want God to use us in honourable ways, seek holiness.
  4. Practice the presence of God. Pray unceasingly. Walk with God the whole day at home, work or school. Glorify God through your trials. You will have good days and bad days – but have both days with God on your side.
  5. Seek God’s Kingdom to come, and His will be done in your circumstances. Sometimes we do not know what God is doing in our lives; be patient and have faith that God will be there for you always.
  6. God wants to use you for the proclamation of the Gospel. Seek opportunities to share the Gospel with the people around you. Pray for their conversion. Jesus is the best conversation topic you can ever have. Jesus is the best gift you can ever give to anyone. Even at difficult times, do not give up sharing the Gospel.
  7. We only have about eighty years of life. Let each day of your life make a difference for God – by glorifying Him in big and small things. Let God be the daily and ultimate focus of your life. Pray daily: Use me, Lord! 
Other Scripture passages:
  1. And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37 ESV)
  2. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14 ESV)
  3. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 ESV)
  4. Other Bible verses: 1 Peter 2:16; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 3:14-19; and 1 John 3:16-18. 
For personal reflection or group sharing
  • How can you ingrain in your daily life the prayer, “Use me, Lord?”
  • What other pursuits are you chasing after that are not for God’s glory and Kingdom?  
Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.


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