USEFUL

God does things on earth but through men. This is in line with Psalm 115:16 “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” God has given man dominion on earth so in His respect for the order He has set, He seeks men to use for His divine purpose on earth and for a man to qualify for God’s use, such a man must be available and useful and to be useful, he must submit to God’s preparatory process.

God does things on earth but through men. This is in line with Psalm 115:16 “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” God has given man dominion on earth so in His respect for the order He has set, He seeks men to use for His divine purpose on earth and for a man to qualify for God’s use, such a man must be available and useful and to be useful, he must submit to God’s preparatory process.

To be available does not connote idleness. It simply means that you are willing to let all go so you can fully respond to God. To be available is to come to terms with the fact that you are and were created for God’s own pleasure and that nothing can demand for and have your time when God calls.He has set, He seeks men to use for His purpose on earth

Of recent, I have been drawn to Isaiah 6: 8, “… I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” This was immediately after the purging or sanctification of Isaiah following his realization of his unworthiness before Holiness of God. Put in another way, this was immediately after Isaiah got born again.

I began to wonder why God should still throw the question into the air when standing before Him was the newest genuine convert in the land. Couldn’t He have just said, “Isaiah, oya, now that you are born again, come, I want to send you to go and do my will?” I think Isaiah would have been willing to go, at least as a way of showing gratitude for his salvation, but I discover that God is not asking us for our Christian service as a way of thanking Him for the gift of salvation. Our Christian life is the way God created us to live. Man lost it when Adam and Eve fell in the garden but in Christ, God restored it so we could again become who He originally made us to be so we could live as we ought to live.

God threw the question into the air to see whether Isaiah understood that God’s gift of salivation to a man comes with a responsibility to seek to cause other men to be reconciled to God, not by human effort but by the Spirit of the Lord. That was why the Apostle Paul in 2Corinthians 5:18- 19 says “…all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”. God did not just throw the question only to prove Isaiah’s understanding but to prove his level of responsibility or willingness to be bound by the demands of that understanding.

There are many today in church who say they are willing to serve God but they will never submit themselves to training. They are Sunday-Sunday Christians who will not let themselves be inconvenienced by the midweek service talk less of belonging to a service unit or attending a special training in church to equip them for the service of God. They complain that the church is not growing but they are not available nor have they allowed themselves to be imparted with what it takes to become useful in God’s house so they can be a part of the church growing process. They blame others for ‘not doing it well’ but they would not lift a finger. They even want to be made leaders at all cost and get angry and may leave the church if they do not attain such. If you are truly born again, this cannot be the picture of your life.

The joy of being an Accountant is to see that financial transactions are carried on and records kept in line with laid down rules so as to ensure that the profitability and survival of a business is guaranteed, to the satisfaction of the owners. The joy of being a doctor is to see lives saved by putting his medical knowledge to use. The joy of a driver is to ensure that his passengers are moved from one location to another safely and timely. The joy of a teacher is to see the ignorant transformed into genius via his teaching and mentoring skills. Most importantly, the joy of a true Christian is to see sinners saved and set irreversibly on their way to heaven, saving other sinners also as they go. If a Christian is not active about this, then he should get born again, again.

If you chose not to be available and made useful unto God, remember that others will but then, would you rather be available and useful to the devil? NO! I know that you know that God is worthy to receive glory and honour and power: for He hast created all men and things, including you, for His pleasure. [Rev. 4:11]. I know there is a strong desire in you to be better. Now is the time. God is calling. If you will answer like Isaiah “Here am I; send me” God will set you on the path of destiny. To start, go to your pastor and ask for what needs to be done. Join that subgroup. Come and be trained for Jesus is still making people fishers of men.