To Be Used of God

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

The greatest desires of every believer should be to be used of God. The song, To Be Used of God puts it best. The chorus says, “To be used of God, to sing, to speak, to pray; to be used of God to show someone the way. I long so much to feel the touch of His consuming fire; to be used of God is my desire.” This should be the desire of every believer.

Paul certainly had a desire to be used of God. As much as his passion was to fight against the cause of Christ before he got saved, he used that same passion after he got saved to be used of God. However, it was more than just a desire to be used of God that allowed Paul to be used in such a great way, but it was his mindset and actions that caused him to be used of God.

Do you want to be used of God? Do you desire for God’s hand to be on your life so that you could lead hundreds if not thousands of people to Christ and be a help and an encouragement to God’s people? My friend, the greatest fulfillment and satisfaction in life is found in being used by God. Many have found temporary satisfaction in drugs, sports, money, power, and possessions, but they found out that the satisfaction that these things bring is temporary and leaves you feeling empty. Only those who have been used of God have found satisfaction and fulfillment in life. There are three mindsets and actions you must have to be used of God.

You must be a servant first if you are going to be used of God. It says in the verse above, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,…” You can't be a good leader if you are not willing to be a good follower. You can't be used by anyone if you are not willing to be a servant to all. The purpose of being used of God is to serve others. You are not to be used of God so that others can serve you, but God uses those who are willing to give their life serving others. To whom or to what are you a servant? To be a servant of anything or anyone else other than Jesus Christ will cause you not to be used of God. You will not have the mindset to serve others if you are not willing to die to self. A servant has no other purpose than to please their master, and you cannot be used of God until you have no other desire than to please Jesus Christ.

Secondly, you must be called to be used of God. The verse above says, “…called to be an apostle,…” God calls those who are busy doing something for Him. God can't use the believer who is not busy doing something for Him. If you are sitting and waiting for God to use you, you will be sitting and waiting for the rest of your life. God uses people who get busy serving Him. People often ask me what they have to do to be used of God, and my response is always to get busy serving God and He will take care of the rest. Those who have been used the greatest by God are those who were busy serving God when God took their service and blessed it mightily.

Thirdly, you must be separated to be used of God. The verse above finishes by saying, “…separated unto the gospel of God,” God can't use people who are not willing to separate themselves from anything or anyone who would keep Him from using them. Separation is the great key to being used by God. When you are willing to separate from anything or anyone who would keep God from using you is when you will be used of God.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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