God Can Use Anybody!
“The Miracle of Mercy” Series – Part 1
The greatest joy in life is the thrill of being used by God for a purpose greater than our self.
When you have this feeling, you understand why you were made.
You know your place. You know your identity.
You know why you’re alive.
If we just live for ourselves we’re going to live a very frustrated life, a very unfulfilled life, and eventually a very bored life because we’re not a big enough cause to live for.
We were made for something of eternal consequences.
And God wants to use us for that purpose.
We were shaped to serve God.
And God can use anybody because of His mercy.
“So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”
Some people feel disqualified because of their past.
Some people feel unqualified because of who they are.
These are lies from the enemy!
God wants to use you in ways that you have not even imagined.
Look at Apostle Paul. He almost single handedly spread Christianity all over the Roman Empire.
He was an amazing guy.
Yet Paul had an amazing past that wasn’t very good.
In 2 Corinthians 4 he gives us the five secrets of being used by God.
FIVE SECRETS OF BEING USED BY GOD:
It’s all because of God’s mercy.
- Everything God does for you, He does it with mercy.
- We haven’t earned it.
- We don’t deserve it.
2 Corinthians4:1 “God in his mercy has given us this ministry and work to do.”
Ministry means using the talents God has given you to help others.
Everybody has a ministry.
Not everyone is a pastor, but everyone is a minister.
You were made to make a contribution with your life.
When I Understand Mercy:
a) I don’t have to prove my worth.
Mercy takes you off the performance track.
You’re a child of God.
You stop trying to work to prove yourself, because God loves you unconditionally.
b) I don’t have to stumble in my mistakes.
God’s mercy frees us from being stuck in the past.
Your past is the past. It’s over.
God has NEVER used a perfect person, because there aren’t any.
Only Jesus Christ is perfect.
God ONLY uses flawed people.
People who don’t have it all together.
This is because of the mercy of God.
If we go through the Bible, we see several examples of God using people in spite of what we might consider to be a weakness.
- Abraham was almost 100 when God starting using him.
- Jason was a chronic liar.
- Leah was unattractive.
- Joseph was abused.
- Gideon was poor.
- Rahab was a prostitute.
- Jonah was fearful.
- Elijah was suicidal.
- Jeremiah was depressed.
- David had an affair, then had his mistress’s husband killed. David wrote the Psalms.
So what’s your excuse? Why can’t you be used by God?
2) Be Real.
God did not create you to be somebody else.
When you get to heaven, God isn’t going to say, why weren’t you more like Moses?
He’s not comparing you to anyone else.
God does not use pretenders.
Many of us are living for the expectations of others.
What Happens When We Are Not Ourselves:
- We will stress.
- We sill be afraid of being exposed.
- We will end up manipulating people.
You don’t need to be perfect to be used by God, but you do need to be authentic.
3) It’s Not About Me.
If you forgot that it’s not about you, you will become bitter from problems or prideful from blessings.
2 Corinthians 4:5 (GW) “Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are merely your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
It’s all about Jesus.
It’s very hard to live an unselfish life in today’s culture because our entire culture is focused on the fact that everybody says, “it’s all about you.”
But God’s word goes against the currents of our culture, and says, “it’s all about God!”
Following Jesus depends on motivation.
God doesn’t care about WHAT you do, so much as WHY you do it.
Usually, people start out with servant attitude and end up with celebrity attitude!
We need to keep on humbling ourselves before God, remembering that it is ALL ABOUT HIM!
God does not use prideful people.
4) God Uses My Pain to Help Others
Use the things you’re ashamed of, and the things that have hurt you the most, to help other people going through those same things.
Don’t waste your pain. Use it to help others.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (LB) “All of these sufferings of ours are for your benefit. And the more of you who are won to Christ, the more there are to thank Him for His great mercy, and the more God gets glory!”
This is called Redemptive Suffering.
It is suffering for the benefit of others.
There are three kinds of suffering:
- The one we bring on ourselves.
- Innocent suffering.
- Redemptive suffering.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross He was doing redemptive suffering.
5) Stay Focused on Eternity
Keep an eternal perspective, so your problems don’t overwhelm you.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT) “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
You could put up with all kinds of stuff on this planet if you know what’s going to happen in eternity.
There are three motivations in life:
a) Internal motivation.
Motivated by what you want for yourself, or who you want to be.
b) External motivation.
You’re motivated by others, and what they think of you.
c) Eternal motivation.
This is the highest form of motivation.
It is being motivated by the fact that life is a test, and it is preparing us for Heaven.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on April 8, 2018 at New Life Christian Church