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 our Heavenly Father 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 whom he led 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 of our flaws — 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 confuse the wise.
In our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, we may be small, uneducated, or insignificant, but it doesn’t matter what we think about ourselves or how the outside world sees us, because what matters is what God sees inside our hearts (1 Sam. 16:7). If He finds something sincere in our old tickers, He can build on top of that foundation.
Think about this. There are people who are in the business of “flipping houses.” They take old broken-down houses that no average person would want to live in, fix them up, and turn them into beautiful homes. Then, they turnaround and sell them for a profit.
Well, The Lord is in the business of flipping hearts. Even if no one else has use for us, He is able to take us with nothing more than a beat-up, broken-down, heart, that’s willing to do the work of God and turn us into profitable servants for His Kingdom.
He is looking for willing hearts today. We don’t need a college degree, a special skill, or a million followers on Facebook. There is absolutely no experience required because God is willing to train the right person.
All we need is a heart that’s willing and obedient 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.”
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