Steps of Usefulness


Romans 1:1 “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,”

I was a young preacher with a great desire for God to use me in a powerful way. I was already in full-time evangelism, and God was already doing some great things in my ministry. However, I wanted God to do more. I went to my pastor, Dr. Jack Hyles, and asked him what I could do for God to do greater things through my ministry. In his wisdom he said to me, “Bro. Domelle, stop worrying about getting big and stay busy doing what you are supposed to be doing. God knows your phone number and where you live, and when He is ready, He will know where to find you.” He was saying to me that I just needed to continue serving God and doing right, and let God take care of the rest.

Being used by God greatly never comes without action. Before God ever allows the believer to take the next step of usefulness, He needs to see if the believer is willing to do what it takes for them to handle the next step. God knows that preparation is needed before you can handle the next steps. Let me share the steps to each level of usefulness.

First, before the call, you must be a servant. Before God called Paul to be an apostle, Paul was a “servant of Jesus Christ.” Many want God to call them, but they want to sit and wait for God to call. God never calls the sitting believer to be used greatly for His cause, but He calls and uses the serving believer. In other words, get busy doing what you are supposed to do. Why should God call you to use you if you are not willing to serve Him now? Get busy by going soul winning. Get busy by getting on a bus route. Get busy doing something worthy of God calling you, and you will find the call will come.

Second, after the call, you must be separated. You will notice that right after God called Paul, he understood the importance of separating himself for his calling. The calling of God demands that you separate yourself from anything that will hinder you from fulfilling your call to give out the Gospel. Some things may not be bad, but they will hinder you from getting the Gospel out. For instance, getting involved in a sports league may not be bad, but it will certainly hinder your ability to fulfill your call to the ability that God wants you to do it. Is there anything wrong with being in a sports league? No! However, anything that would slow you down from what God has called you to do must be set aside for the purpose of you doing what God called you to do to the fullest extent.

Third, before God’s power, you must be holy. God’s power is needed to do His calling to the fullest extent, but you will never have God’s calling without living a holy life. You cannot live like the world and expect God to empower you to do His work. God doesn't empower the worldly believer, but He empowers the believer who lives a holy life, and who has separated themselves from anything that would hinder them to be used to their fullest extent.

Do you desire to be used of God? If you do, get busy being a servant. Do you desire for God to use you in your calling to the fullest extent? Then, separate from anything that would hinder you from doing what He has called you to do. Do you desire God’s power to do what you were called to do? Then, be sure to live a holy life. The believer who is busy living a holy and separated life is the believer who will find God’s hand using them to the greatest extent.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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