Will you let God use you His way, or does it have to be on your terms?
It’s an important question. Lots of us want to be used by God, but we want it on our terms. We want to be winners, champions, top dogs, forgetting that He uses crosses to greater effect than thrones. Jesus is Exhibit A. He got more done by standing down than we do by standing up.
The Apostle Paul writes, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (1 Cor 12:10) Don’t miss this. Paul understands that God is at work in ways that do not conform to this world’s calculus. Instead, they are infinitely more powerful. None of us wants weakness or persecution or difficulty until we understand that they are the means of grace. William Wilberforce ended slavery in England without a bloody civil war because he was committed to God’s way, no matter how long and hard it was. Mother Teresa gained a planetary audience by giving herself to the most broken and needy when no one was watching. And Jesus saved my soul by surrendering to nails driven through His hands and feet, not by some angelic power play. This is how the kingdom advances. In fact, when the Lord was offered unprecedented power and influence on earth, He turned it down (Matt 4:8-9). Why? Because He knew that spiritual wars are won on crosses, not in the corridors of power. They are won inside of you, and between you and your neighbor. So let me invite you to take a fresh look at your expectations. God is strong in your weakness. Eternal glory waits for those who understand this. Be true!