As I lay in bed that night, somewhere in-between sleep and awake, I murmured these words out loud: “I’m not much. All I have is a willing heart, but I offer it to you. “Immediately afterward I fell asleep.
The next day, at church, the pastor got up to speak and He preached a whole sermon about how all God is looking for is someone with a willing heart.
Suddenly, I remembered my words from the night before. Now, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one God was talking to during that sermon, but I know He was talking to me.
I was encouraged. I know I’m not much, nor do I have much, but I begin to think about how God took Moses, who was “slow of speech and slow of tongue,” (Exod. 4:10) and used Him to speak to around 600,000 people and lead them out of Egypt (Exod. 12:37).
And I recall how he chose David, a young shepherd boy whom his own father didn’t even think worthy to be considered for the position, to become King of Israel (1 Sam. 16:8-12).
Then I realize that despite my own shortcomings, God has an amazing plan for my life; for all of our lives if we would just say “yes” to Him.
If we were to sit down and write a list of all our flaws, that is, the things that make us feel like God can’t use us, we’d be staring at a list of all the reasons why we’re likely candidates. Remember, God uses the foolish things of this world to leave the wise dumbfounded.
In the eyes of others we may be small, uneducated, or insignificant, but it doesn’t matter how the outside world sees us, because what matters is what God sees inside our hearts (1 Sam. 16:7).
There are people who are in the business of “flipping houses,” where they take old broken-down houses that no normal person would want, fix them up and turn them into beautiful homes, then sell them for a profit. Well, God is in the business of flipping hearts. Even if no-one else has any use for us, God is able to take nothing more than our broken, yet willing hearts, and turn them into profitable servants for His Kingdom.
He is looking for willing hearts. We don’t need a college degree, a special skill, or a million followers on Facebook, and there is no experience required. God is willing to train the right person. All we need is a heart that’s willing, and He will take care of the rest. If we are willing, God is able.
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”